The 2 Most Important Hours for Weight
By Linda York
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You may be surprised to learn that the two most
important hours of a successful weight loss plan can be the two hours before
you go to bed. In order to get on the fast track to a healthier life, a leaner
body, and more satisfying eating experiences, a great new habit to develop is
to stop eating at least two hours before bedtime. Here's why you should develop
this beneficial habit.
Isn't a calorie a calorie?
If all calories are created equal, why does it make a difference
what time of day you eat them? Bob Greene, exercise physiologist and certified
personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss, observes
that it's true that whether you eat a cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt at 11 AM or
11 PM, it's still going to have about 200 calories. But he adds, "When you eat
that yogurt in the morning, your metabolism speeds up a bit, maximizing the
rate at which your body burns calories. At night though, your body has already
shifted into low gear in preparation for sleep, so you're not going to get much
of a metabolic boost from late-night eating!"
this for "8 Foods to Boost Your Metabolism."
Change a little, lose a lot
Making a lot of small changes over a period of time can add up to
big weight loss. Nobody gains a lot of weight overnight. It happens over time.
Think of all the minor things that, over time, become significant factors in
weight gainfor example, that extra piece of bread and butter, parking close to
the store rather than a little farther away so you have to walk more, two
spoons of sugar in your coffee, skipping a workout, snacking while you watch
TV. The good news is that you can do something about each and every one of
them. And if you find yourself eating right before you go to bed, you can start
turning back the clock fifteen minutes at a time until you are eating no later
than two hours before bedtime.
Reach your weight loss goals
Weight loss studies have shown that
something as simple as just having an eating cut-off time has helped people
reach their weight loss goals. In some cases, it has been this change alone
that has made the difference between success and failure.
Three more reasons not to go to bed
on a full stomach
Digestion takes a
rest. When you are sleeping, your digestion shuts down. It's best for
your body to speed food through your system.
Energy boost. When we eat earlier in the
day, we get energy to walk, run, and live. And we get energy to get through
those Beachbody videos like
90® and Hip Hop Abs
Dance Party Series. But when you eat at the end of the day, your body is
winding down and doesn't need as much food or fuel, which means the energy
doesn't get used and is stored in the body as fat.
Thinking thin. When
you eat earlier in the day, in addition to the calories you burn while working,
moving, and living, you may have the opportunity to work out. But after 9 PM,
it's hard to have the energy to do a lot of moving or exercising. The calories
don't change in the eveningour behavior changes. So eating later puts you in
danger of piling on more pounds and making it harder to lose them.
Why a little hunger is a good
When your body tells you it wants food, it's saying, "Feed me or
I'll go into your fat stores and feed myself." Actually, that's great. That's
what you want to hear! If you go to bed wanting a snack, you are on your way to
a healthier eating pattern that will have you meeting your weight loss goals.
You will wake up in the morning hungry for breakfast and this will help you
stick to a three-meal-a-day healthy eating plan.
here for more tips on avoiding nighttime snacking.