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Timing Your Meals

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Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Crazy work schedules, errands and other commitments often make it difficult to fit meals in at normal times. Managing your meal times is important for regulating your metabolism and body clock. Timing your meals right can also cut down on weight fluctuations and keeping your energy up.

Everyone has a different breakfast routine, but the important thing is not to skip it. Eating foods high in fiber can help keep you full throughout the morning and stave off cravings between mealtimes. Your metabolism wakes up at the same time you do, and it, too, needs time to get revved up for the day. You’re also more inclined to eat smaller portions later if you have breakfast, leading to an overall healthier day.

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Lunch is your time to replenish the energy that will get you through the rest of the day. The time between lunch and dinner is longer than between breakfast and lunch, so having a bigger midday meal can help you stay satisfied. The key is to adjust the size of your dinner based on the size of your lunch.

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It’s best to eat dinner before 8 o’clock at night to ensure that your body gets a head start on digestion before you go to sleep. It needs the extra time because our metabolism tends to slow down at night. If something is preventing you from eating early, just be sure to limit the carbs in your evening meal and incorporate more fiber and protein.

- Emma Stratigos

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