Whether you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, what you eat is an important consideration. However, almost as vital as what you’re eating, is when you’re eating! Eating at the wrong time can be detrimental to your diet, throwing all your hard work out of the window!
It’s best to eat breakfast within an hour of getting up, kick-starting your metabolism as soon as possible. Eating between 7am and 7.30am is recommended for the maximum impact. However, simply by always eating breakfast, instead of skipping it, you’re giving yourself an advantage over the competition. Because so many of us are in a rush before work, we tend to skip the most important meal of the day and catch up later, giving us a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Try and eat lunch earlier rather than later, leaving no more than five hours following breakfast. This will make sure you’re not snacking in the morning while waiting for your 2pm lunch hour, but by keeping your eating habits more regular, you’re also training your body when to expect meals, making you less likely to snack on junk at all!
Following on from our five-hour rule, you should try and have your dinner before 6pm, and definitely no later than 7pm. Since evenings are far less active affairs than the rest of the day, eating a big meal and then lounging around on the couch before hitting the sack leads to calories being stored as fat instead of being burned off, as well as an increase in blood sugar and insulin, making it harder to get to sleep.