The secret to meal timing and its benefits
How often should you eat? How often do you eat? A very popular topic within the fitness industry is meal timing.
A lot of it all depends on your overall calorie intake and what best suits your lifestyle.
- Lets look at an ideal world, in an ideal world you are able to eat 100% organic, single ingredient, whole foods - such as Chicken, Tuna, Rice, Pasta, Sweet Potato, Fruit, Veg, Meat, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, Oils etc... Ideally eating meals between 2-4 hours apart. Realistically people have lives to live, for example business men and women may find themselves particularly stressed and busy throughout the day.
- If your on a 2000 Calorie diet (without going into splitting macros i.e. Fats, Carbs and Protein etc.) Does it really matter whether you have 4 x 500 Calorie meals or 1 x 1000 calorie meal, and 2 x 500 calorie meals? If at the end of the day you've consumed 2000 calories it doesn't matter about meal timing. Unless you are a top end athlete and are being paid to look a particular way then yes, food timing and nutrients would matter.
However for the average person getting the calories in around your work life and normal day to day life should be the priority. There are however a few key points:
- Try not to go longer than 4+ hours without food as you get hungrier the need to binge would increase.
- Water with meals and in between helps you stay fuller for longer and also hydrates you.
- Protein with every meal, protein naturally is harder to digest than carbohydrates there fore, in turn keeping you fuller for longer.
- Having a more fat and protein based breakfast will help with cravings later in the day, as fat and protein are harder on the body to digest but also kickstarts your metabolism first thing.
- Carbohydrates in the evening also prevent you from binging AND also help with sleep!