If your daily struggle is breakfast after 9 a.m. (if you're lucky!), which pushes lunch to 3 p.m. and you don't sit down for dinner until 9 p.m., chances are you're also struggling with fluctuating weight. The funny thing about food and weight control is that it's often more about the time we eat, as opposed to what we eat.
Nutritionist and creator of the Shape Me program, Susie Burrell, confirms this by explaining that the human body is programmed according to a circadian or 24-hour rhythm, and our hormones work to burn food during the day and store at night. "This means the more calories we eat during the second-half of the day, the more likely they will be stored," says Susie. And so there's your reason to sort out your meal times for good.
To prevent weight fluctuation and get your health on the right track, aim to have your breakfast consumed by 8 a.m. and follow it with lunch between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Dinner should be eaten by 8 p.m. to allow your body a chance to rest and digest before bed. This schedule will work wonders for your sleep too — because sleeping on a full stomach is never fun, right? Susie suggests giving your body 10-12 hours without food overnight to help your body adequately reset for your next busy day.
Make this your new habit and the benefits will surprise you — even after only two weeks!