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Does it matter in what time of day are you eating?

Your biological clock will tell you how

Breakfast helps you to maintain optimal weight and supplies the body with energy and nutrients. By skipping breakfast, you are slowing down your metabolism and leaving your body without a source of energy when you need to be most active and when you need energy the most.

You need full nutritional value for a good start of the day. Stop eating late at night or at bedtime if you want to lose weight. This habit affects the mechanism of fat burning in the body.

If you follow proper healthy habits that include the right nutrition at the right time, you will not gain extra pounds. For example: first, you skipped breakfast, then had an unhealthy lunch, and then failed to have dinner. When you go to bed, you immediately start to feel hungry and you probably grab something to eat. This is because you have not met the nutritional needs of the body. Eating right before bed is an unhealthy practice that must stop if you do not want your weight doubled.

A recent research shows that having breakfast and avoiding snacks late at night is the best way to burn fat and lose weight.

Many of those who are trying to lose weight have turned to intermittent fasting as the simplest way to lose weight. This type of diet involves starvation for a certain period of the day and then consuming all the calories in the remaining hours. For example, do not consume anything for 16 hours a day and eat only the remaining 8 hours, known as starvation 16:8. During the 16-hour hunger strike, you can drink only liquids, such as water, unsweetened teas, or coffee without milk. This meal plan can support weight loss, improve blood sugar, brain function, and prolong longevity.

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But does it matter what time of day you eat?

"Follow your biological clock."

Calorie intake, as well as spending these calories affects weight loss. There is some evidence that the biological clock or circadian rhythm affects a person's metabolism. Impaired eating habits are one of the greatest causes of obesity, which suggests that the time of food intake has a significant effect on the body. These findings refer to the biological clock, which scientists call the circadian rhythm. The body's internal clock successfully modulates hundreds of processes, from sleep and digestion to body temperature and hormone levels. Research on spoiled circadian rhythms has adverse health effects, including weight gain. These health effects can be a result of eating disorders.

"It's not just about how much you eat, but also when you eat," explains Prof. Carl Johnson, author of the study

Monitoring metabolism

"Not having meals from dinner to breakfast is a better way to lose weight than skipping breakfast!"

To test this hypothesis, the researchers monitored the metabolism of six people who ate meals at different times of the day. Participants were 50 years of age or older, belonging to a group that may be at risk of metabolic disorders. All of them had three meals a day during two separate 56-hour sessions, with the same period of starvation at night. The first group of participants had breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the other group, participants skipped breakfast but had an additional meal as a snack late at night. Breakfast (8:00 am) and late evening snacks (10:00 pm) had 700 calories and were nutritionally equal. The amount of physical activity performed by the participants was also the same in both groups.

Skipping breakfast vs skipping dinner

"Late evening snack delays the body's ability to break down fat, and over time this habit leads to a significant accumulation of fat."

The researchers found that, despite constant calorie intake and activity levels, food intake time had a significant effect on how much fat the participants burned. When participants had a snack late at night, they burned less fat than those who had the same number of calories for breakfast. In other words, a late-night snack delayed the body's ability to break down fat and break down carbohydrates instead. Over time, this habit can lead to significant fat accumulation. On average, participants who had breakfast burned 15 grams more fat in 24 hours than those who had a late snack. "This confirms that the time of having a meal affects how food is consumed and that any food consumed at bedtime will delay fat burning during sleep." The finding that the body's circadian rhythm regulates fat burning can have important implications for eating habits, suggesting that not consuming food from dinner to breakfast is a better way to lose weight than skipping breakfast.

The study has important implications for eating habits, provides evidence against the recent trend of skipping breakfast, and suggests avoiding food consumption from dinner to breakfast to optimize weight management, instead.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this text is to stimulate critical health thinking. Medical information does not amount to advice and if advice is needed an appropriate professional help should be asked. No warranties or representations are given in respect of the medical information, and the website operator should not be held liable if a user suffers any injury or loss after relying upon the medical information.

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