It turns out that it doesn’t only matter what you eat, but also when you eat it that affects how much weight you can lose. I was intrigued by the headline of this interview on cbn.com today that I had to check out what it is all about.
From the get-go, I was hooked on what I could learn from this article. As it starts off, “even if you eat the same number of calories, you’ll lose more weight if you eat them earlier in the day rather than later on.” They quote Dr. Michael Roizen, who is the Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic and the author of the book What to Eat When.
I was curious about the science behind this, and present my findings below.
How the Timing of Meals Affects Weight Loss
So, after visiting the article from CBN, I found that instead, it was an interview with the doctor. I encourage you to visit their site (linked above) to watch the full video yourself, but here are the main points that I gleaned from it.
The biggest tip that I took away from this is that you should be eating your biggest meal of the day at least 8 hours before bedtime. Additionally, you should be eating your dinner for breakfast. I know that would be quite a big adjustment, but there is a reasoning behind this.
The thought behind this orientation of your meals is that your dinner is traditionally the largest meal that you eat each day. When you are asleep at night, your metabolism slows down. Your metabolism is much more efficient during the day when you are more active. It makes sense that if you eat a big meal within the hours before bedtime, you don’t have enough time to fully metabolize it and digest it. Rather, it stays in your stomach and is converted into fat.
By avoiding eating within a few hours of bedtime, and also by moving your biggest meal to the breakfast hours, you avoid this period of non-digestion overnight that just adds to weight gain. If you eat your biggest meal at the earliest point of the day, you have the whole rest of the day to be active and make much more efficient use of those calories.
What are your thoughts on this meal plan? Do you think that you could avoid eating a meal for at least 8 hours before bedtime? I know that it would be a big adjustment for me. It’s almost like a modified version of intermittent fasting. How about making breakfast your biggest meal of the day? I know that life can get crazy and you want to get all the sleep that you can, and breakfast often falls by the wayside due to time constraints. Could you work this into your routine? Leave your comments below!