Wednesday, January 30, 2013
My Toronto Globe and Mail reports today that recent Spanish research indicates eating earlier in the day helps with weight loss: even if calories in/calories out remain the same.
That old adage about "eating breakfast like a king . . . supper like a pauper" seems to be borne out. "Chronotherapy" is a relatively recent field of medical treatment linking time of day to many different aspects of health care: including the timing of blood pressure meds and chemo cancer treatments.
My biggest meal of the day (both by volume and by calories) tends to be lunch: those big salads! And certainly I eat lunch closer to noon than 3 pm, the Spanish cut-off point for optimum weight loss (of course the Spanish typically eat dinner about 10 pm as well . . . ). My suppers tend to be pretty light: soup and yogourt with berries. Breakfasts vary: sometimes just coffee (I know, I know) and sometimes a low cal omelette made with half egg white, half Omega low fat eggs (in the cartons) plus low fat feta and a whack o' spinach. Oatmeal less often these days . . . Spark Trivia tells us it doesn't matter what time of day we eat but my experience suggests . . . . eating heavily late in the day doesn't work well for me. Hate that food hangover feeling the next morning anyhow.
Related short short in the Globe points to the effect of hunger on memory performance: it's possible that hunger activates a protein in the brain which helps us remember better.
OK, gotta remember this! What I really believe . . . experimenting with different techniques of weight management helps me keep it fresh and relieves a bit of the tedium of the "eternal vigilance" necessary to MAINtain. Which is the main thing!!