Eat a Early Dinner to Lose Weight

January 17, 2014

Eat an early dinner to lose weight

You may have heard that you shouldn't eat after 7 PM, especially if you're trying to lose weight.  Many nutritionists believe that food eaten after 7pm are usually  higher in calories.  However, new information shows that eating at least 4 hours before bedtime, say around 5:30 PM, may not only result in a slimmer waistline, but better dreams and sounder sleep, too.

Studies have shown that when you space out you meals from 4 to 5 hours, you'll actually burn calories more efficiently. Waiting longer than that could result in a slower metabolism.

For instance, if you eat breakfast at 7 AM, then lunch should be around noon and dinner at 5:00 PM. This schedule would give you even timing for digestion between meals. If you have lunch at noon and wait seven hours until dinner, you may find yourself so hungry and possibly tired that you will eat more calories as well.  When people are tired, they tend to eat more.

Getting a good night’s sleep is another essential weight management tool.  Research shows that getting a solid 6-7 hours of sleep helps control appetite and stabilize metabolism hormones Leptin and Gherlin.  If you aren't getting a good night's rest, then Gherlin levels rise. Gherlin makes you like the Gremilns- unusually hungry the next day. At the same time, Leptin hormones drop.  Leptin hormones help support the metabolism of fat. A drop in Leptin and a rise in Gherlin results in eating more and burning less on a hormonal basis.  By eating earlier, your body will properly digest your food.

Studies show that sleeping right after eating drops the metabolic rate resulting in less calories burned while sleeping.  That's one more reason to eat sooner in the evening.

The early dinner hour used to be for seniors looking for a deal.  It turns out to be a better deal for your waistline.

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