What you eat is a key part of optimal health, but when you eat is also important. Read on to find out why!
Let’s start by looking at a couple of studies that illuminate why the timing of your meals matters. In one study, overweight and obese women were separated into two groups. Each group ate the same number of calories each day, but one group had a greater portion of their calories in the morning, and the other had a greater portion in the evening. If all that mattered was the daily caloric intake overall, the two groups should have had experienced virtually identical results. But the group that ate more in the morning experienced more weight loss, illustrating that the timing of meals does make a difference.
In another study, participants were separated into two groups. One group ate lunch before 3:00 p.m., and the other ate lunch after 3:00 p.m., but the daily calorie intake was equal. Despite having nearly identical energy expenditure—meaning there wasn’t a significant difference in calories burned between the groups—the group that ate lunch earlier experienced greater weight loss overall.
So what does all of this mean? To put it simply, these studies suggest that the timing of your meals has an effect on your ability to maintain a healthy weight. That’s why the BBS meal plan is on a schedule that emphasizes eating at regular times!
In addition to the effect on your ability to maintain a healthy weight, the timing of your meals can have a big impact on your eating habits overall. A lot of people find that skipping meals in the morning and early afternoon can lead them to overeat later in the day. Hunger can also lead you to crave unhealthy foods and diminish your willpower, making it that much more difficult to stick with your healthy eating plan. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to eat at regular times!
The timing of your meals is also important because it affects your ability to be physically active. Whether you’re going for a run or gearing up to spend an afternoon in the park with your kids, you need food to fuel your physical activity. If you don’t eat early in the day and try to exercise in the afternoon, you’re probably going to be running on fumes. That puts you at a disadvantage in terms of athletic performance, but it also hurts your energy levels so you’re less able to do the things you want to do. Remember to fuel your body with food so that you can stay physically active!
When you eat is important, so make sure you consider timing when you’re planning your meals. For more tips for transforming your life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!