Timing Is Everything
Many people are often concerned about what they’re eating, but they forget to pay attention to when they’re eating, which is just as important – if not more –when it comes to losing weight, managing blood sugar levels, maximizing energy levels and making healthy choices.
The following are some great reasons to pay more attention to when you eat.
The timing of your meals is very important if you’re trying to lose weight. Ideally, it is best to eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day when you are typically more active. Eating several meals and small snacks during the daytime provides your body with the energy it needs to be active throughout the day, and helps to keep you from becoming over-hungry – and over-eating – during the evening.
Beat the afternoon slump with smart meal and snack timing. You know how it is… It’s midafternoon and your energy level has taken a nosedive – and you’re craving something that is high in calories, fat and sugar. This is perfectly normal – your blood sugar is at a low and your body needs energy. But the food you crave will not provide the nutrients and energy your body needs. So plan ahead and have a small snack of protein and carbohydrates about 30 to 60 minutes before your typical afternoon slump time. This will help keep you energized through the afternoon.
Take control of cravings. That well-timed afternoon snack of protein and carbohydrates will also help beat cravings. The protein – and maybe a little healthy fat – will help keep you satisfied and keep the cravings at bay.
Feeling a little moody and irritable midafternoon? When your blood sugar is at a low it can affect your mood (think of the Mars bars commercials). Well-timed meals and an afternoon snack will help prevent you from becoming “the grouch” in the afternoon.
The timing of your meals and snacks is crucial in managing blood sugar levels – especially for those who have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. Eating regular meals and snacks every 2 to 4 hours helps keep blood sugar levels stabilized throughout the day.