Weight Loss Around the Clock
Is it possible that when you are eating your meals is impacting your ability to lose weight? According to a recent study, this may be the case. There is a building body of research suggesting that weight loss may be impacted by the timing of your meals, rather than simply what you chose to eat. However, before making any immediate adjustments to your dietary schedule, it may be worth your time to take a deeper look at this theory.
Your ability to lose weight is greatly impacted by not just what you eat, but how much you eat. When you make strict adjustments to when you eat, it often goes hand in hand that you begin adjusting how much you are going to eat. For example, if you decide that you are only going to eat during pre-determined meal windows for breakfast, lunch and dinner, then you would no longer be able to eat an afternoon snack. Likewise, if you cut off your meals at dinner time, then you would no longer be eating a late-night snack (which just so happens to be the most popular snack time for over indulgence).
Time for Weight Loss?
The idea behind the research suggesting that changing the time of day that you eat your meals is that it inherently limits how many hours of the day you may spend consuming calories. By having dedicated times that you are most certainly not going to eat, you can reduce caloric intake and thereby, lose weight.
Of course, changing your meal schedule is not the only way to reduce how much you eat—and it isn’t going to do anything to impact any hunger you may feel during your dedicated “non-meal” times. Before making any changes to your dietary plan, take the time to talk with your weight loss surgeon about your concerns and different strategies that may be more effective in helping to reduce your hunger and help you lose weight.
Any healthy change that you can make on your own to improve your diet can help you get one step closer to reaching your weight loss goals. However, not every strategy out there is going to be as successful as others. Weight loss surgery is still considered the most successful weight loss option, as it provides a way to reduce hunger as you make the healthy dietary changes needed to sustain long-term weight loss.