#01. Is eating on time really important for a balanced diet?

Various factors play a vital role when it comes to a balanced diet or even weight loss, and eating on time is one of those factors. Let’s face it; the reason you’re here is that you either wish to gain or lose weight. Now that you know it’s essential to eat on time, you must be thinking – What time is the best time to eat? What if it’s almost impossible for me to eat on time as per my schedule? Don’t worry, we’ll find out everything that is to it, shall we?

Best time to have your meals:

Dinner: Yes, we all know that the first meal of the day is called breakfast, but trust me, you will find out why I wrote dinner first in a minute. Moving ahead, dinner must be consumed around 7 PM. There should be 3 hours gap between your dinner and bedtime. Therefore, the latest you can have your dinner is between 8 – 8:30 PM. The reason is simple, your body rests at night, and hopefully, you don’t expect your stomach to churn and digest for you while you’re sleeping. As a result, food is left undigested, which leads to irregular and inadequate breakfast. Also, don’t forget to eat light at night, if you can’t manage to eat by 8:30 PM.

Breakfast: You might have heard about this a lot that never ignore breakfast. Instead, it’s the most important meal of the day, and that’s true. You need energy, and thus, you need to have heavy breakfast to function at your fullest, be it work or some personal errand. If you skip your breakfast, you’re probably facing the most common issues like acidity, gas, dizzy, laziness, and so on. The simple reason being you slept for 6 – 8 hours and your body hasn’t had anything to eat. Now is the best time to fill up. So, the best time to have your breakfast is half an hour after waking up, but not after 10 AM.

Lunch: Just like breakfast is linked with proper dinner, and lunch is linked with breakfast. The ideal time to have lunch is around 12:45 PM, and the latest you can eat is by 2 – 2:30 PM. Let’s say you’re busy preparing for a meeting, or even a presentation at the last minute that’s due tomorrow. You managed to skip your lunch, and its past 3 pm. What do you do? You have your lunch then! NO, you have something light but healthy to make up for your skipped meal and wait to have proper dinner.

Snacks: Since the gap between lunch and dinner is almost 7 hours, you must have some snacks around 4 PM. In short, if I have to sum up everything, there should be 2 to 3 hours of gap between your meals. Keep munching nuts or fruits when you feel hungry near (Before or after) your meal timings.

The reason I mentioned two different timings for each meal above is that I know sometimes things don’t go as planned. Thus, you need to manage such small and important things because, in the end, you’re responsible for your health.