When is the best time to eat our Meals?
One of the most common habits that I observed in these ten years of practice is the habit of missing out on Breakfast and eating Supper before bedtime.
Sure, what you put inside your stomach does matter, but WHEN you eat also plays a huge part on how your body metabolize the food you eat.
I am sure you have heard the saying- “eat small meals throughout the day, this can help your body burn the food you eat.”
The problem with this is that our human body is not genetically engineered to eat all day long, even if what you are eating is considered healthy?
Physiologically, if our body keeps eating, our body will stay in a state of increased metabolism at all time, which will eventually leads to more fat storage because you will not be actively moving and burning those food all the time.
So whats the best timing for food intake throughout the day?
The good old simple rule– 3 meals a day over 12 hours if you are not overweight. The 12 hours interval is based on a human-clinic- studies done by the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging in the United States, they determined that 12 hours is the most appropriate amount of time.
But if you want to lose some weight or cut down some calories intake? To achieve weight-losing goal, the same clinic studies recommended two-meals-plus-a-snack approach within the 12 hours time frame, and keep the snack calories intake to around 100. Of course, the snack should consist of healthy food such as nuts, or salads.
The later you eat closer to bedtime, the more adverse effects it will have on your weight and metabolism. Many clinical studies have also shown that late eating can also increase your risk of obesity and metabolic diseases like diabetes.
Why eating late can cause such changes in our bodies? It is most likely associated with our circadian rhythms and the hormones they regulate, i.e. our biological clock. And yes, our bodies do produce different hormones throughout the day, even when we sleep.
Of course, try to change a eating habit takes time but if you can stick to your new eating plan for at least 30 days it will be very easy from then on. Good habit is hard to cultivate.
In conclusion, DO NOT skip your breakfast and don’t eat late or supper and you are already one step closer to reach your health goal or your new year resolution. (Still a couple of months to go till 2017 ends !!!)