Why You Should Eat Early and Often

In the midst of all the fitness and nutrition advice, you have likely heard that eating early in the day and eating often is good practice. While the advice is simple enough, you may wonder exactly why this practice is so good for the body. What difference does it make when I eat? How could eating often possibly lead to weight loss? Shouldn’t I eat less? To find out why this practice really matters and generally works, check out these great reasons to eat early, often, and stay healthy in the process.

The Benefits of Eating Early

The benefits of eating early are actually pretty easy to follow. The earlier you eat, the more opportunity there is to burn those calories off during the day. If you eat at midnight, and then immediately go to bed, you aren’t giving your body the proper amount of time to work off those extra calories. While the exact time that you should stop eating varies from advice to advice, the key is really to find something that works for you and your lifestyle. Give your body a minimum of 3 hours food free in order to take advantage of the eat early benefits.

The Benefits of Eating Often

This is really good advice, but has to followed properly. If you are eating often, but your meals consist of candy or ice cream, then you are going to gain weight. If you eat small snack type meals of vegetables or protein, however, then you are keeping your metabolism moving all day long. A great piece of advice is to eat 6 very small meals a day. Sticking to small meals of high protein, low sugar, and low calories will boost your body’s natural fat burning mechanism and get you moving in the right direction.

Though it might seem too simple to be true, this method really works for the majority of people. It might seem difficult at first, especially eating early. You might find yourself thinking that you are hungry at night, but more likely it is just thirst or boredom. Try s big glass of water before reaching for the midnight snack. Don’t starve yourself though. If you need to, take it very slowly. Get your body used to eating smaller amounts more often, and you might find some very healthy benefits come about for the body, your overall health,  and your mind as well.

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