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Does It Really Matter What Time You Eat Your Meals?
Your eating patterns might be the obstacle between you and those excess pounds
There’s a rather popular saying that goes something like this: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. The idea is clear enough to understand because the calories we consume in the morning can be burned throughout the day. On the other hand, the sleep that follows dinner is not enough to burn what you eat.
But this is an old saying and modern science begs to differ.
Eat what you need, when you need it.
Some research claims that it doesn’t matter when you eat your meals. So instead of not eating after 6 in the evening, you should be mindful of what and how much you eat instead. Likewise, it’s the amount of physical activity you do during the day that determines whether or not you gain, lose or maintain your weight.
But there is some wisdom in the older beliefs.
That said, you still need to pay attention to your nighttime eating habits. It’s during the evening that people tend to be more relaxed about their diets and you may not notice how much you’ve actually consumed.
We get it though. When you’re coming home from a long day at work, all you want to do is sit down and watch some Netflix. But watching sometimes leads to eating and when you’re immersed with what’s on screen, you tend not to notice how much you’ve actually eaten. Yes, that is the bottom of the chips bag.
Here’s a few other things to help.
Research also suggests that there are other factors that deter us from losing weight, such as sleeping patterns, working night shifts and jet lag. All these things mess with our internal clocks, which don’t do great things to our appetites and digestion. Just think about all those times that you get hungry at relatively odd hours and reach out for big portions or fast food.
Spoiler alert. Not a good idea.