There’s a lot of talk about the perfect meal timing schedule, but what works best for you? Some people say that eating every three hours is the way to go, while others advocate eating smaller meals more often throughout the day. So, what’s the right answer? Read on to find out!
We need time to digest the foods we eat.
Eating continuously throughout the day can interfere with our bodies natural ability to digest and process the foods we consume. When we constantly eat, our digestive enzymes become diluted and are less effective at breaking down the nutrients in our food. This can lead to uncomfortable bloating, excess fat loss, and a range of other adverse side effects.
Instead of rushing through your meals or snacking on the go throughout the day, it’s important to give your body some time between meals to digest what you’ve eaten. By allowing yourself regular breaks from eating, you will be able to better digest your food, avoid unpleasant symptoms like bloating, and even lose weight more efficiently. So take a step back from your meal schedule today and set it right.
Latest studies show that, when we eat, is just as important as what we eat. The time and quantity of food can affect the way we lose weight and actually make us hold on to weight even if we believe we’re in a caloric deficit. That happens because of hormonal disbalance in our bodies which affects our metabolism without us even realising and can slow it down. Eating around the clock can also mess with important organs like the Liver which is responsible for many metabolic processes.
How many times a day should we eat?
The answer depends on your goals and preferences. Some people find that eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day keeps them feeling energized and satiated, while others prefer to eat three larger meals that are spaced farther apart.
Ultimately, the right meal timing schedule is something that you will have to experiment with and see what works best for you.
Do your best to allow your body a few hours to digest and metabolise foods before you go to bed at night.
Also, remember to always listen to your body and give it time to digest and process your food before diving into your next meal.
In another article, I’ll talk about the time restrictive feeding AKA fasting because there is much more to uncover there for those of you who want to take this to the next level. By setting specific time windows for our meals we can significantly affect our chemistry and there’s a way to create a perfect diet for each person but it’s way too big of a topic for this article.
For anyone who’s just trying to eat well and lose weight more effectively, simply follow a timing that looks like the following.
Example Of A Healthy Meal Schedule/ Timing:
- Have 3 main meals per day and 2 snacks.
- Maximum calories per meal: 650kcal.
- Maximum calories per snack: 300kcal.
- Fasting period after a meal: Minimum 3 Hours.
- Fasting period after a snack: Minimum 90 minutes.
- We can also set the final eating hour around 7 pm to help the melatonin released as per our Circadian Rhythm to do its job and help us fall asleep.
If you want to read some more about the topic of fat loss and meal timing I highly recommend visiting this post on the topic:
There is no definitive answer to the question of what’s the perfect meal timing for fat and weight loss. Some people may find that eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day works best for them, while others may prefer to eat three larger meals with longer breaks in between.
Ultimately, it comes down to your individual goals and preferences when it comes to meal timing.
However, regardless of how often you choose to eat, it is important to listen to your body and give yourself regular breaks from eating so that you can properly digest and process your food. It is also important to have a beginning and end of your eating window every day that will prevent you from eating outside eating hours.
So whether you decide on a three-meal or five-meal schedule, be sure to keep these tips in mind!
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