#130 Did you know that food timing really does matter?
Did you know that the rate at which we are able to burn off our food and use fat as fuel changes during the day?
Our metabolisms are faster in the morning meaning that we use more calories IN THE MORNING than in the evening. For long-term weight control and fat loss, you will get a better result from eating less at night and more at breakfast time. (not the other way around as many Intermittent Fasting sites recommend)
When the light changes in the afternoon our sleep hormone melatonin signals that it is time to wind down and go into rest mode. This slows down digestion and slows fat metabolism and increases insulin resistance.
This means that a large meal at night, especially one high in carbohydrates, will be stored rather than burnt for energy.
At Outlook we advocate a low carb meal at night to optimise muscle repair and fat burning. Many experts have said that it doesn't matter when you eat, it is just down to calories in calories out regardless of the time of day.
However, the science is now clear that eating a large meal at night will not aid you in your effort to maintain or get to a healthy weight. Our bodies are simply not designed to be eating a lot of food at night.
In our programs, we use konjac noodles, courgette/beetroot/edamame noodles and cauliflower and broccoli rice to create tasty meals that are lower in carbs and calories but satisfying at night.
Definitely have low glycemic carbs in your breakfast and lunch when your brain and body can use them - just not after dark.
So back to the old saying of eating breakfast like a King (Queen), lunch like a prince (princess) and dinner like a pauper.