By now, we think we have all heard just about everything about the journey of weight loss. There are a bunch of different diets, what kinds of food to eat during these diets ,exercise programs, combinations of both, liposuction surgeries, and plenty more. A lot of people, more often those who are prone to quit, will go ahead and say that they have tried everything, and that losing weight for them seems impossible. Well, there is one more option I have for you to try or consider during your weight loss journey. Time.
Studies have shown that there may be results in timing when you eat throughout the day. The whole theory behind it is that by timing your meals throughout the day, you are able to manipulate how much time you give your body to burn the calories. There is a little bit more to this however. Not only would controlling your timing of meals have a chance of helping, but there is also some thoughts on avoiding certain times during the day or night to potentially further your weight loss. For instance, even though most of us do not do this unless we work the night shift, there have been some unsupported theories toward avoiding eating during the night time, or the period of time where you end up sleeping for that long period of time, be it morning, afternoon or night. The theory behind this of course is that when you go to sleep, this is the time where your body gets to rest and really relax some in terms of processing food. This way, when you wake up in the morning, your body is really ready to be efficient and burn calories. However, if someone is constantly eating during this period where they should not be, your body is still busy processing food and that kick start of the morning does not really get to happen.
There are other things stated in this study that may say they would help but I do not quite agree with or have a few comments to make about. For example, there is some evidence in skipping breakfast in order to aid the weight loss. The theory behind this was that studies has shown that people who skip breakfast did not end up eating any additional calories during that day, in fact they ate less because they got closer and closer to that point where they know that they should not be eating anymore. While this may prove true, I can think of a few reasons why I would not skip breakfast. First off, I may not eat any additional calories throughout the day by not eating breakfast, but there is a certain way I feel after I eat in the morning. I feel like the food gives me the energy and confidence to really tackle my day with everything I have. I also feel rather groggy and I find that I am thinking about food or how hungry I am until I get to actually eat. If I were to have a serious enough role in a company, there may be some times where I would need to work through my lunch period. Without eating in the morning and having to skip lunch, when exactly would I get to eat? When I get home? That is likely an eight or nine hour day for many grown adults. At the end of the day there, would not eating for such a long period of time be beneficial for weight loss? Sure! You have not eaten anything all day and calories are the key to weight control. However, look at what you are giving up in return for slightly accelerating your weight loss. You potentially give up your ability to perform optimally and maybe even your sense of focus. The next thing that was discussed in this study was having many small meals throughout the day. According to the results of the study, those who have seventeen snacks throughout the day were reported to have lower cholesterol than those who ate the same amount of calories in three meals. This sounds great, because having a small snack repeatedly throughout the day would make sure that you are not begging for a bite to eat because your first meal was not enough, but again, a few things need to be assumed, first off, you need to assume that you have time to eat so many meals throughout the day. Also, you really need to try it and see if the additional weight loss if any is worth the amount of effort you put into making those snacks. On the other end of the spectrum, this same study confirmed that in diabetics, those who eat two big meals per day were using a more optimal method of weight loss than those who chose to eat six small meals throughout the day. They have not said anything on whether this is or is not more optimal for non diabetics, so with that said, how do we really know what to do in terms of optimal meal for weight loss?
I guess my point here with all things considered is that there can be a lot of conflicting ideas when it comes to diet and weight loss. There is nothing wrong with experimenting for yourself and seeing what your options are in terms of dieting, but once you find a style of dieting that you feel is working, giving you results and that does not compromise the way you feel significantly enough to impact your day, there is no need to shy away from it just because something someone else says is better. Picking the right way to diet is not the most important key in my opinion, finding something that you can sustain until you reach your goals is.