As you work toward optimal health, you’re probably used to focusing on what you eat. But did you know that when you eat is also important? Today, we’re going to talk about why meal timing matters and give you some tips to schedule your meals for success!
The Importance of Meal Timing
You’ve experienced the impact of meal timing many times in your life, maybe without even realizing it. Consider this common scenario: You’re running late to work, so you skip breakfast and rush off to work. Your day is packed, so you grab something small to tide you over or skip lunch entirely. By the time you get around to eating dinner, you find yourself overcompensating and eating far more food than you meant to. Then you blame yourself for overindulging.
But while it’s easy to assume that this is the result of a lack of determination, there’s more at play here. When you wait too long between your meals or skip meals entirely, hunger can chip away at your willpower and make you more likely to overeat later on. That’s one of the reasons the BBS meal plan suggests eating at regular intervals throughout the day!
Meal Timing and Weight Loss
If you’re working to lose weight, research suggests that when you eat your meals can impact the success of your efforts. In this study, people who ate their meals earlier in the day lost more weight than people who ate their meals later in the day, despite consuming the same amount of calories and expending similar amounts of energy throughout the day.
In another study, eating more calories in the morning and fewer later in the day resulted in more weight loss than eating fewer calories in the morning and more later in the day, despite identical daily calorie intake. This suggests that the timing of your meals is an important thing to consider when you’re working to lose weight.
Tips for Meal Timing
While your schedule will obviously impact when you eat your meals, we have a few tips to help you get the most out of meal timing:
- Eat every few hours to avoid getting to hungry during the day. See a sample schedule here.
- Keep healthy snacks, especially snacks high in protein, at home and at work for times when you don’t have time for a full meal. YES, hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, and fruits and vegetables are some of our favorites!
- Try to eat dinner a few hours before you go to bed. Doing so may even help improve the quality of your sleep.
Meal timing is important, so take it into consideration when you’re planning out your meals. For more tips for transforming your life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!