(CLEVELAND CLINIC) — Most of us know what we eat can impact our waistlines, but what about when we eat?
Paying attention to what we eat is important for good health, but according to Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Michael Roizen, we should also take notice of when we eat.
“As we eat late, we get fat,” said Dr. Roizen. “So, it adds to our waist size, it adds to inflammation, it adds to type 2 diabetes. In the studies of people, they gain weight when they eat calories at night.”
Our bodies become more insulin resistant throughout the day, according to Dr. Roizen. He says that means sugar stays in the bloodstream and is transformed into fat, so it’s best to avoid eating after dark.
“You should eat early for the best health, before 2 pm, and try and eat only when the sun is up,” Dr. Roizen said.
Dr. Roizen recommends eating 75 percent of calories before 2 p.m.; Breakfast and Lunch should be your largest meals, and Dinner should be your smallest. Before long, it’ll become a habit.
“Your body clock shifts to wanting to eat and feeling hungry in the morning and not hungry in the evening,” said Dr. Roizen.
Getting plenty of protein and healthy fat in the morning and at lunchtime will ward off hunger. Being open-minded about what you’re eating can help the transition.
“Stop stereotyping food, so, I’ve gone to having salmon burgers for breakfast, they’re wonderful, or avocado toast, and if you will, oatmeal for dinner.”
Dr. Roizen suggests eating within a 12-hour window or less, only when there’s daylight, for three days and then working up to a week or more.