A lot of people think staying healthy only depends on what and how much you eat. The truth is that in addition to keeping track of what you eat and how much, you have to be really careful about WHEN you eat your essential 3 daily meals. Eating properly-timed meals can help you get healthy and lose weight, giving you results similar to that expected from eating less or having a good diet.
All weight-conscious and health-conscious people today want to increase the ‘potential’ weight-loss figures by eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones. Very few of us focus on meal timings. If you are among them, remember that the key to success is in the timing of your meals. Even research has proved this too.
The information below reveals the best times to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner (the 3 essential meals) if you want to be healthy and fit.
Never skip your breakfast! We repeat: NEVER SKIP YOUR BREAKFAST because it is the most important of your 3 daily meals. A report in American Heart Association’s journal ‘Circulation’, Harvard School of Public Health suggests that people who skip breakfast are at a 27% higher risk of experiencing cardiac arrests or other fatal heart diseases.
Scientists also say that not having breakfast can leave you hungrier and wanting to eat large meals which over time results in obesity and other diseases. To stay healthy, the best thing you can do is to have breakfast at the right time.
The ideal time to have your breakfast is between 7:00 am to 8:00 am and if not during this period, then the least you can do is NOT have it after 10:00 am.
What you should remember is that the best breakfasts are those that are taken within 30 minutes of waking up.
Several people think lunch is the most important of the 3 daily meals. However, it can be regarded as the second-most important meal because number one is and will always be breakfast.
The famed mantra “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper” was given in the 1960s by nutritionist Adelle Davis. The reason you should have light lunches is that your body needs more energy to start the day and not when half the day is already gone. With heavy meals at lunchtime, you will only end up feeling sleepy and lazy.
Apart from this, you should necessarily be wary of the time you take your lunch. The ideal time for lunch is between 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm or at least not later than 04:00 pm. Moreover, you should make sure that there is a time gap of 4 hours between breakfast and lunchtime.
Never overdo a dinner. While we are fond of following ‘saving the best for the last’ in everything; this does not apply to your essential 3 daily meals.
It is fine to eat after dark because hunger might disrupt your good night’s sleep but remember to keep it light always.
The best way to prevent health problems is eating your ‘light’ dinner between 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm and never after 10:00 pm. Also, ensure that the last meal of the day i.e. your dinner is consumed at least 3 hours before it is bedtime.
There is not one particular rule for healthy eating that works for everyone but to stay fit and avoid health problems, you need to pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it. Maybe timing your 3 meals correctly is all that your body needs to get in shape!