Phillip Minton M.D.

Life is all about TIMING

In diet on July 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

It’s a well-known fact that what we eat has great consequences for our health. But do you know that when we eat also makes a difference? Our bodies run on a complexly timed cycle of hormonal releases and physiological activity. We need to become aware of these “timing” factors in our daily lives, and match our eating and exercise patterns to them in order to maximize health and longevity.

Aim to eat every 3 to 4 hours. Most people eat three meals and one snack, while others may prefer four smaller meals; you’re free to find the combination that works best for you. Timing your meals in this way will improve your fat loss by preventing excess insulin, allowing leptin to work its magic on appetite control and metabolism, and by balancing the stress hormone cortisol. You should also enjoy your meals at the same time every day.

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