When on a diet, it is easy to get caught up in what we are eating and how much. New research, however, finds that when you eat has a remarkable impact on your metabolism and weight. According to Satchin Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute, metabolic health improves when eating solely between an 8-10 hour window. By doing so, you eat alongside your natural circadian rhythm, and thereby optimize your body’s metabolism and hormones for food intake.
Avoid Late Night Snacking
When eating within the 8-10 hour window, you must avoid both late night snacking and late night meals of any kind. If you take your first bite of the morning at 8am, for instance, you should take your last bite of the entire day at around 6pm. Otherwise, your organs’ natural clock will get out of sync with each other, leading to hormone imbalance and weight gain according to Professor Panda’s research.
Putting the Research into Practice
The age-old saying becomes essential: eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar. By eating a large breakfast and lunch, you can easily eat a modest dinner early in the evening. Once adjusted, your hunger satisfies within the 8-10 hour window and carries over afterwards until you sleep. By eating through this ideal time frame, you will put yourself on the right track towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.