You may think that you need to be careful about the type of food you eat to control your weight, but what you eat is not always important, but time is an important factor in controlling your weight.
People who finish all their meals at the beginning of the evening experience less fluctuations in hunger and burn more fat than those who eat all day.
This important finding, based on research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shows that calorie timing is really important. Even if you do not change the timing of your meals, at least try to eat the last meal until daylight. Not everyone can always change their diet, but most people have some control over the amount of time they eat or the amount of food they crave at each meal.
But the reason for the importance of timing for meals is because of the biological clock in the body, which follows a 24-hour cycle and performs certain tasks better at different times of the day. For example, we know that the best control of blood sugar occurs in the morning, and when we eat, the energy spent on digestion is a little higher in the morning.
The findings, which were tested on mice, were also confirmed in 11 subjects. So these people followed two different diet plans for four days. In one program, they ate all the food between 8 am and 2 pm, and in another, they performed a more common program, that is, from 8 am to 8 pm. Calorie intake was the same in both programs.
These changes did not affect the amount of calories they burned, but when participants finished their entire meal earlier, they burned 6 percent more fat, and their level of hunger did not change, despite an 18-hour fast between dinner and breakfast. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that once your body realizes that it has got all the calories it needs for the day, it no longer needs to starve.