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When to Eat Your Meals

How to Time Your Meals to Lose Body Fat 

If you’re trying to lose weight, when to eat your meals appears to carry some significance, new research has informed us.  Unfortunately, there is modest clinical proof thus far that tells us why and just how significant spacing your meals actually will be.  But it’s interesting to notice with many people there seems to be some correlation with when we eat and the corresponding health benefits.

Plan When to Eat Your Meals

Much of our findings with human response to eating patterns line up with research done on animals, and due to the greater controlled structure for feeding animals we have a better information base.  Animals that are fed at abnormal times apparently throw their “peripheral clocks” out of sync.  All of us have circadian rhythms, and they have an impact on a wide range of functions, including metabolic rate and how we sleep.  The master regulator in our brain controls and maintains those rhythms, as a result they in turn influence the peripheral clocks inside the cells of our body.

Data of When to Eat Your Meals comes from Animal Studies

With animals, it is found that disrupting those peripheral clocks by varying the times they are fed is going to toss their master clock out of sync.  It is still a theory, but it really is possible to alter patterns of sleep, metabolism, and naturally weight control.  While a great deal of study remains to be completed, studies people who work varying shifts who must vary their dietary patterns have shown similar results to these animal tests.


It is generally believed that breakfast is the most vital meal of the day, and therefore has to be the most nourishing.  Though this intuitively sounds logical there has not been a great deal of scientific verification to support this.  There seems to be more data to support eating evenly spaced meals, maybe every three or four hours apart, as another way to maintain a steady metabolism and help to cut back insulin spikes.  This is one way to maintain metabolism, and therefore weight control.

Planning your Meal Times Are Important for Weight Control

Many people with weight problems try to manage their caloric consumption by spacing their meals, and sometimes that works against them.  First, you begin to starve, and in order to quell the starvation pangs, you grab whatever happens to be near. This is most likely a dish of candy or some other junk food, and the sugar hit tides you over.  Except not in a healthful means, needless to say.

Then when it is meal time, you reward yourself with binge eating, which further adds to the trouble.  The answer seems to be to never eat to the point that you feel bloated, but never get to the time where you are starving.  If we are to maintain the master clock in rhythm, the optimum way will be to keep a fairly steady schedule for a nourishing diet plan.  Despite the fact that we have not a great deal of data to support this, from the things we do recognize it seems to be another key for controlling our weight.

Another alternative that is gaining attention is intermittent fasting, which works for some people quite well.  Click here to read more about it.



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