There are all kinds of different diets and theories for how to drop pounds, but some say losing weight is more about when you eat, rather than what you can and can’t eat. Our internal body clocks, also called the circadian rhythm, are affected by the time we eat, and it seems that can have a big impact on our waistlines.
You probably know that eating a huge meal right before bed isn’t great for your metabolism, and according to nutritionist Helen Bond,we should be eating our biggest meal at lunch. “There’s evidence coming through that having the majority of your calories earlier in the day seems to be more beneficial than having a heavier evening meal,” she explains.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can eat anything you’d like, as long as it’s at lunchtime. Calories are not all created equal, so it’s important to fill your plate with foods that are nutritionally dense, no matter which meal you’re eating. Calories in, calories out still affects whether we gain or maintain, regardless of what time of day we’re eating.
And you still need to eat a healthy breakfast and dinner, Bond says. She points out that a good breakfast refuels you after fasting overnight and gives you energy to concentrate. Then if you have a heavier meal at lunch, she says you’ll have the afternoon to use all those calories. And maybe the best part, you won’t be going to bed with a heavy stomach, so you’ll sleep better and your body can metabolize those calories more efficiently.