There’s a reason so many diets fail. It’s not just what you eat. Or even simply how much of it there is.
In fact, in many cases, you can eat the same things in equal amounts and get very different results. And it’s all because of one key factor that gets almost no attention.
It’s WHEN you eat.
New research shows how timing is everything when it comes to weight loss, blood sugar control, metabolic syndrome, and more.
And some of the BIGGEST benefits could come from one of the SMALLEST changes in how you time your meals.
All you have to do is eat a little earlier.
The TIMING of DINNERTIME is critical
People often tease seniors for taking advantage of the “early-bird” dinner discounts. Well, it turns out the joke is on them.
When you’re eating out, those early meals have some distinct advantages…
- They’re cheaper
- The restaurant is calm, quiet and conducive to conversation
- The service and food is better because they’re not as busy
But now new research confirms there’s an even better reason to finish dinner before “Wheel of Fortune” comes on, whether you’re eating out or at home.
Because researchers say slipping in an early meal before 6 p.m. rolls around, is much better for your body and metabolism than eating a fashionably late dinner.
Lower blood sugar and burn fat with an early dinner
The new study may be the most accurate yet because they didn’t rely on folks to guess what time they ate. And there was no guesswork when it came to comparing how similar or different their meals may have been either.
Instead, the scientists had healthy volunteers – 10 men, 10 women – eat dinner in a lab at two different times. On one evening, they had a 6 p.m. “early bird” dinner. On another, they ate at 10.
Then the team conducted blood work, fat scans, oxidation testing, and more on each participant. This allowed the researchers to get a very detailed look at how those meals were broken down and handled by the body in the hours after eating.
And the difference was… well… night and day. When folks ate dinner later, they had…
- 18 percent HIGHER blood sugar
- 10 percent LESS fat burning
That might not be too bad if it happened every once in a blue moon. But when it occurs night after night, it could lead to a cascading effect of poor health and weight gain. And it could send you down the path towards obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and more.
That could be the case even if your dinner isn’t as late as 10 p.m. One report out of Italy found that eating after 7 p.m. can lead to higher blood pressure at night, increasing the risk of cardiovascular problems. Another, out of Turkey, found eating within two hours of hitting the hay could send your risk for a heart attack soaring.
Research out of California found that breast cancer survivors who have an earlier dinner are 36 percent less likely to have their cancer return.
And repeated studies on men and women alike have found that time-restricted eating can lead to faster weight loss and better overall health. This form of intermittent fasting, in which you eat a later breakfast and an earlier dinner with no nighttime snacking, is easy to adopt, and the benefits can be huge.
In other words, never be ashamed of taking advantage of the early-bird dinner. It’s not only good for your wallet. It’s even better for your health.