What we eat affects our health and our looks. There is no question about that. But not only is the type and amount of food you eat is key, when you eat and how frequently you eat is also important. If you want to succeed in improving your health and fitness, you should keep reading.
What time you eat has a major effect on your health & fitness. Let’s start at the beginning of the day. When you first wake up, your body is running on empty, because you haven’t eaten since the day before. Your blood sugar level first thing in the morning is low, and you are running on reserves. Once those reserves are used up, your body will turn to its next available source of fuel, your muscles! It’s real tough to work out hard and focus on getting fit when you’re groggy, hungry, and your body is breaking down your muscles for energy. You really should eat your first meal as soon as possible after waking up in the morning. This gets your body fueled up and preserves your muscles.
So now you know why it’s so important to eat when you first get up. To summarize, eating a good meal soon after you get up in the morning will help you get off to a great start for your day. This is one part of the equation for getting fit quickly.
Focusing on your blood sugar tells you more than that you should eat soon after you get up in the morning. Your body takes 3 to 4 hours to digest a meal. Once you’ve digested the food in your stomach, your blood sugar level begins to decline. That’s why, if you are attuned to your body, you’ll notice that you’ll start to fade a bit several hours later. What this tells us is that (except when you’re sleeping) you should eat something every 3-4 hours. If you don’t, even if you don’t notice the decline, your body will experience the same negative effects as you would if you skipped breakfast.
When you think about this, it’s clear that you need to eat a lot of meals in a day. To really keep your blood sugar stable and gain all the benefits that brings, you need to eat 5 or 6 times a day, instead of three times like most people. Even if you get up at 6:00 AM, all you need to do is eat every 3 to 3.5 hours and your blood sugar should should be good all day.
When you eat more meals you need to reduce their size. A popular way to do this without drastically reworking the way you eat is to have somewhat smaller meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and supplement them with two nutritious snacks of around 100 calories. Those snacks are then eaten between each of the main meals or one between lunch and dinner and the other in the evening.