When is the best time to eat when you want to lose weight?
You may have heard that eating at night before bed is the worst time to eat….
But that doesn’t seem to be true. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that eating before bed makes you more fat. It may not be as healthy but that’s another story.
Your body stores energy the same way – whether you eat a lot at breakfast or for dinner.
So is there a best time to eat then?
The answer to when you should be eating food if weight loss is your goal is when you are HUNGRY.
This could mean skipping breakfast and eating for lunch as your first meal if you aren’t hungry in the morning.
But oh no! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! You need to have a big breakfast if you want energy…. This is actually pretty false. You have a lot of energy in your body (fat) that it can use if you don’t eat at a certain time.
In other words, if your body needs energy and it doesn’t get any from you eating (like when you skip a meal), your body will use existing energy it already has to keep you functioning.
This is actually perfectly NORMAL and what body fat is designed for.
Am I saying you need to skip meals to lose weight? NO. But you can.
What I’m saying is that if you are not hungry during breakfast time (or any meal for that matter), DON’T EAT.
The best time to eat is when you are hungry.
Your body is run by hormones, and hunger hormones will tell you to be hungry. There is no need to eat this amount of food at this specific time each day. Tradition has told us we need to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
And then eat a bunch of snacks between each meal to keep fueling our bodies and keeping energy levels up.
But actually… this is really food companies pushing their products to us. It’s really not normal to eat as much as most people do. Never in history have we eaten as much as we do now.
If weight loss is your main goal, you need to pay attention to two things:
- how often you eat
- the types of food you eat
1. How often you eat
If you are eating all the time, you are sabotaging weight loss. Why?
Because every time you eat, you raise insulin levels in your body. Insulin’s job is to push nutrients into cells. It’s a very normal metabolic process.
HOWEVER, when you constantly eat, you constantly raise insulin levels, and not only are you in jeopardy of consuming too many calories, you also do another thing to your body that zaps fat loss…
You stop FAT BURNING.
When your body has elevated insulin levels (which happens every time you eat), your body stops burning fat. It’s as simple as that. So yes, every time you eat, you stop the process of fat burning.
The answer isn’t to just stop eating if you want to lose weight. That’s not healthy.
But it leads me to number 2…
2. The types of food you eat
The most important way to burn fat and lose weight is to eat the right types of food that help you burn fat.
You will be shocked to learn which foods actually help you burn fat…
But first, we need to talk about insulin again.
REMEMBER, insulin controls fat burning or fat storing. It’s the big boss hormone.
When insulin is present at elevated levels in your body, you will be in fat storing mode. When insulin is at it’s baseline levels, you will be in fat releasing mode.
This is how you lose body fat:
You want to keep your body in LOW insulin levels for as much of the day as possible, because this puts your body in fat releasing mode.
You do this over a long enough period of time and you will lose all the weight you want.
So… how do you put your body in fat burning mode?
This will shock you …. but we’ve been lied to all these years….
We’ve been told to eat a carbohydrate rich diet. Up to 50-60% according to the government. But actually…. eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates is probably what made most of us fat.
Carbs spike insulin levels the MOST. In other words, eating carbs makes you fat (if you eat too much of it).
Eating carbs puts your body in fat storing mode.
What about fats? Guess what eating fat does?
Eating fat raises your insulin levels minimally. Very negligibly. So little that it pretty much has no effect on insulin levels.
So connecting the dots… eating fat does NOT make you fat.
REMEMBER, elevated insulin levels = fat storing.
And if eating fat does not elevate your insulin levels, you are NOT fat storing.
Which is why people have done experiments where they eat 3000-5000 calories (mostly from fat) and they DO NOT gain weight. It’s actually mind blowing.
The best weight loss diet is one that keeps insulin levels low.
You can do a variety of diets, but as long as insulin levels are kept low, it should be effective.
The BEST diet at keeping insulin levels the lowest and for the longest period of time is a KETO DIET.
A keto diet is very low in carbs, moderate in proteins, and high in fats.
This combination of macronutrients will put your body in an optimal state of fat burning. A lot of people lose weight immediately when they go keto.
The real important thing about keto is you need to eat foods in the right proportion of macronutrients.
Losing weight (while getting healthy at the same time) means you need to eat the high quality keto foods and in the right amounts.
If you eat too many carbs, or too many proteins, you won’t truly be doing a keto diet. And while that may still help you lose weight, it’s probably not going to put your body in the best state for fat burning.
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