Last Updated on August 21, 2020
Does mealtime matter when it comes to weight loss? Only if you’re serious about getting healthy.
It does matter, but you don’t have to be like Dustin Hoffman in The Rain Man. “It is three minutes past noon. I need to eat food.” You don’t have to be rigid to that extent.
I prefer to eat on instinct these days, meaning I don’t look at the clock. When I do eat, I eat at regular times. I always eat breakfasts, I always eat something in the middle of the day, and I always eat something at the end of the day.
If I snack, it will be on something healthy like grapefruit, avocado, hummus, or a small serving of nuts. I might have four Brazil nuts, and I can chew on one of them for 25 to 30 minutes. Timing is everything but not down to the second. You don’t have to be inflexible.
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Breakfast is not important for everybody. Some people aren’t breakfast people, and that’s okay.
I used to be one of those crazy food police. “What you didn’t eat breakfast? You need to eat breakfast.” Now I accept that Some people don’t feel like eating at eight o’clock in the morning. I feel like eating at nine or ten.
Some food in the morning is better than none. It could even be just an apple, although I recommend having some protein in the morning.
Eating at predictable times will get your digestion working more regularly and keep your energy levels stables. Your mood and thinking will also be more stable.
Lots of things will work better if you do them regularly. Now it’s the same thing with exercise. Does it matter? Well, I think it does. I think everybody agrees that exercise is an excellent thing to do. But you’ve got to find the type of activity that you like.
I’m a gardener and beekeeper. I easily keep my weight down because I’m very active and I enjoy exercise.
As you get older, activity is more and more important socially and for your health. I recommend sticking to healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits. Regular healthy habits are an investment in your well-being for years to come.