Diet is often seen as a list of foods to eat and what to avoid. But there’s another method to help you lose weight dramatically and it’s not something that you will find standard. It’s about when you eat, not just what you eat.
And what’s more important is that this method can help promote a healthy body. According to a review of patterns of eating, people who skip their meals or eat late at night have more health problems than those who have their meals at the right time.
The study, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, discovered that timing of meals is more important than avoiding foods that are considered bad for dieters. Unfortunately, people don’t realize the big deal when it comes to eating patterns as they believe skipping meals is fine as long as they are able to avoid binging later in the day. Even without binging, the research suggests that this can lead to a host of health problems, which may include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
A person who skips or postpones any meal of the day has higher risk of developing the diseases than people who eat at regular times despite having the same or even fewer calories consumed.
Why Random Eating is a Health Risk
There seems to be a link between being obese and consuming more calories at nighttime. And those who eat six meals every day at a consistent time have better levels of both insulin and cholesterol than people who eat anytime they want. Often, individuals who eat at random times have three to nine meals daily.
According to the researchers, they have discovered that adults who consume food at regular times almost every day have lower risk of being obese than those who eat irregularly– even if they consume more calories. Even in night shift jobs, employees are more prone to obesity than those who work during the day even though they have work for the same amount of time.
The research is among those studies that aim to explore the connection between our body’s natural circadian rhythms and metabolism. The body has several metabolic processes, including digestion, breaking down of fat, glucose, and cholesterol, and appetite. All these processes have a pattern that repeats within 24 hours. If we eat inconsistently, this can throw our internal body clock out of balance, which can cause obesity and other health problems.