When to Eat for Weight Loss

Find out when to eat your meals to maximize weight loss.

When to Eat for Weight Loss

While many of us subscribe to the belief that we are what we eat, the truth is we are when we eat. As it turns out, the key to weight loss is not only about nutrient-dense foods and calorie counts but also the timing of each of our meals as well. Think you know when to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Get the facts so you can maximize your weight loss efforts.

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The best time to eat breakfast is 12 hours after you’ve had dinner. The reason is because your body needs a break or an intermittent fast between meals in order to function efficiently. A 12-hour stretch between dinner and breakfast (accomplished by not eating too late and sleeping the recommended amount), will help you reduce calorie intake and improve glucose metabolism.

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