It Shouldn't Matter When You Consume Calories, But It Can!
When you eat is just as important as what you eat. Don't kid yourself. The foods you eat tonight maybe the next few pounds you have to lose tomorrow. Knowing when to eat is essential to both improving your health and maintaining a healthy weight. Most of us were raised to eat three meals a day and limit in-between meal snacks. With today's hectic lifestyles, many of us just can't eat that way anymore and remain healthy.
Eating smaller meals more often, with the biggest meal of the day in the mid-afternoon is a great way to get the nutrients you need, maintain sufficient energy levels and keep your weight at a manageable level.
While a healthy breakfast is essential, it is also important to remember that eating too much can make you feel sluggish. Don't overdo breakfast. Instead, eat a modest breakfast and then consume a high protein snack to get you through till lunch. This keeps you from binging at lunch time and then feeling miserable throughout the day. After a small lunch, eat another high protein/carb snack in the early afternoon.
Always eat your biggest meal of the day in the mid to late afternoon. This gives you an ample amount of time to let the food digest and burn off the extra calories, before you begin to settle in for the evening. Throw in one or two small, very light snacks before bedtime and you will be set for the night. When you eat a big meal before you go to bed, the food literally sets in your stomach as your digestive system slows down. Not only does it take longer for the food to digest, your body must also store all of the extra calories you don't burn away.
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