Guidance Toward Eating and Sleeping at Regular Times
By Stephen R. Farris
Let's face it, there's no such thing as breakfast by 6 a.m., lunch precisely at noon, or dinner served at 6 p.m. Not with the way things are in the world these days, and have been for about the last 40 years or so.
It's no wonder we have so many health problems these days when it comes to eating healthy and at a regular time. Studies show that eating late in the evening can cause higher blood sugar and lessen our body's ability to burn fat like it should.
The study also showed that eating dinner early in the evening is best, and can reverse those higher blood sugar totals and help kick in your metabolism so you burn more of what you ate before falling to sleep.
Early to Eat, Early to Bed
Back in 1991, I decided to put myself on a diet. At that time I had a job that required a lot of physical labor outdoors such as mowing, weed eating, and basically keeping the grounds for a medical facility. I decided to eat more healthy breakfasts, lunches and my last meal was consumed by 6 p.m. Even though I worked hard during the day I threw in some brisk walking before and after work. My metabolism really kicked in after a couple of weeks, and I got down to a more desirable weight. On top of that, I started going to bed at the same time each night.
Eating Late Is Not Great
Before I decided to make a lifestyle change for my health, there were plenty of days that dinner was eaten at a late hour. Top that off with staying up late at night and consuming a late night snack, it's no wonder I gained. Not only is eating late and staying up late good for you, it can bring on several health-related problems, such as elevated blood pressure, high sugar levels, fatigue during the day, loss of energy and several more things that could become problematic the older we get.
We Are Not Built the Same
While this lifestyle change mainly works for people that have day jobs, certain adjustments may need to be made for those with evening jobs, or go in at midnight. Experiment and find the right routine for you. Keep a record of what you eat and when you eat it, as well as keeping track of your sleep habits -- going to bed at the same time.
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