A while ago we wrote about the question of meal timing and here’s some news.
It’s not just what you eat but when you eat… or specifically how long you go between the last meal of the day the the first meal the next day. This is called your ‘fasting window’, being the non-feeding time between meals.
Let’s say you finish dinner at 7:00 pm and don’t eat until 12:00 pm the next day. Of course you can hydrate by having some water, tea, coffee or broth, but without milk, cream or sugar. That’s 5 hours before midnight plus 12 hours the next day, creating a 17 hour daily fast.
That’s how breakfast got its name, as it’s the meal that breaks the fast. But is it really important to eat as soon as you get up? No!
Is breakfast “the most important meal of the day”? No! You might be one of those people who simply does not feel like eating breakfast. Don’t beat yourself up. Just eat when you feel real hunger, not out of habit or family ritual.
What does the research suggest? Your body’s insulin sensitivity has a better chance to self-correct if you give it a longer fasting window each day. For many people, after they have nailed meal content, meal timing is the thing that helps them optimise their results.
Here’s are 5 meal timing tips.
There’s lot’s of meal timing options. This is also called Intermittent Fasting (IF). Think about your great grandparents, and their great grandparents and their great grandparents. That’s 9 generations. Many went through the depression and seasons where there was not much food or choice available. They ate when they had food and didn’t eat when they had none.
But they survived. They grew up dealing with feeling hungry. Today we run to the fridge, pantry or shop way too soon and too often. Our body, and especially our endocrine systems never get a break, to restore.
In summary… we’re not saying eat less. Just compress your feeding events into less hours.