The best times to eat your meals for weight loss

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Find yourself groaning every time you step on the weighing scale, even though you’ve been working out religiously and sticking to your diet? Maybe you need to take a good look at your meal timings and figure out where you’re going wrong. Not only is it important to eat the right foods, it’s also crucial to follow the clock if you’re serious about dropping the kilos and getting fit. Eating at the appropriate times will only help maximise fat burning and keep hunger pangs at bay.

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Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking up 
You know it’s the most important meal of the day and you’ve been told to ‘Eat breakfast like a king…’, but did you know that it must be eaten within an hour of waking up? This is the optimal time to break the ‘fasting’ period between the previous night’s meal and the morning, and eating on time will stimulate your metabolism and set the pace for the rest of the day. Delaying or skipping breakfast could actually hamper weight loss by increasing hunger pangs and causing excessive calorie intake during the rest of the day.

Eat lunch within 4 hours of breakfast
While the ideal time for lunch is 1 pm, you should keep a gap of four hours between breakfast and your afternoon meal. It’s also important not to delay lunch, as this causes a drop in the body’s sugar levels and results in cravings for unhealthy and high-calorie foods. So it’s best to eat your lunch well before 4 pm.

Eat dinner at least 3 hours before bedtime
The ideal time for dinner is at least three hours before you hit the sack, as the food needs that much time to digest properly. Eating too close to bedtime increases blood sugar and insulin, affects the release of growth hormones, and affects the natural fat-burning benefits of a good night’s sleep.