It’s not only what you eat but also when you eat that impacts weight loss.
Metabolism and your body’s metabolic state varies during the course of a day. When you wake in the morning you have likely been without food for many hours so your metabolic state is in fasting mode. Therefore, eating something for breakfast to replenish important reserves and jump start your metabolism makes sense right?
Yet too many people today are living an incredibly fast paced life and either just grab a coffee or a very quick breakfast or worse yet, skip breakfast completely.
A study from the University of Murcia in Spain (published April 2013) showed that early eaters lost about 22% more weight than late eaters. Another weight loss study conducted by researchers from Tel Aviv University (published July 2013) shows that a well balanced breakfast with reduced dinner intake is more beneficial to weight loss and health in general than a small breakfast and a larger dinner.
I personally always eat breakfast within 10 minutes of waking up because I am hungry and I also want to break my fast!
In the warmer months, I often eat some Ezekiel Almond cereal (which is a sprouted grain crunchy cereal) with raw milk. Many people have intolerances or allergies to pasturized milk but often do great with raw milk. I go to a local farm to get mine. Other days I make a homemade superfood drink with spinach or swiss chard, berries, medjool dates, raw cacao, walnuts, ground flax seeds, hemp seeds and water. If I want to thicken it a little, I add about a quarter of an advocado. So yummy and full of nutrients. Lefover rice or quinoa also makes a nice option with some seeds and nuts.
In the cooler/colder months, I have something hot such as oatmeal that I buy from the bulk bin section of the health food store. I like to add broken up nuts, raisins or cranberries and a dash of cinnamon. Scrambled eggs are also another favorite of mine!
If you are trying to lose weight and you are serious about shedding those unwanted pounds you should consider eating your main meals earlier in the day. However, you can’t only rely on meal timing to lose weight. Natural weight loss still comes down to eating as much real food as possible that is unprocessed, and also keeping active. If you feel that you don’t have time to fit in a workout, take the stairs when you can instead of the lift, or just do five or ten minutes of exercise a few times a day. We all lead busy lives. You know that saying “where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!