The healthy diet of the future focuses on when – not just what – you eat

-Nov 5, Hannah Hargrave , Nutrition -

Discovering a diet which works for you might have you flitting from Keto to carb-free faster than Paleo followers wolf down protein. But as new diets keep rolling out there’s one thing people should be looking at no matter what they’re consuming and that’s WHEN they’re consuming it!

Move over Mediterranean and make way for the diet of the future which is about way more than what you put in your mouth, because its cornerstone is about the time of day that you eat.

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As much as eating a healthy, balanced diet is imperative for good health it’s becoming ever more apparent that the timing of your meals makes a massive difference to your weight, your waistline and your overall wellbeing too.

Late night snacking

Reaching for a late night cookie or a sneaky little cheese plate might not seem like much of a big deal and if it’s only very occasionally, you’ll probably find it isn’t. But habitually grazing after dinner and snacking post 8pm might be ruining your chances of losing weight and putting all the hard work you’ve been doing to eat right, to waste. It can not only add unnecessary calories, but also make your digestive system work overtime when it should be resting. Also your blood pressure is less likely to drop in the night if you’ve been eating close to bedtime, so you’ll be more wakeful as well.
Without proper sleep you can’t expect to look and feel your best. So put down the crackers and pick up a good book instead for a more peaceful night’s sleep.

Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting has become a huge trend in the last couple of years and although here at Lumity we aren’t into fad diets there is a way you can make it work for you. Intermittent fasting is essentially when you skip eating food for extended periods of time. While there are extreme methods – which we wouldn’t recommend before speaking to a health professional first – one which halts late night snacking and lets you miss food mostly while you’re sleeping is to fast for 14-16 hours a day. Meaning if you eat your last meal at 7pm you don’t have breakfast until 9pm. Some people prefer to miss breakfast too so their first meal is lunchtime. You shouldn’t feel deprived and you can shift your pattern around to work for your schedule.

Eating this way helps reduce calorie intake, can speed up your metabolism and reduce dangerous belly fat too.

Related: Eating after 8pm? Here’s how to stop late night snacking

Your circadian rhythm

Your body clock pretty much makes your world go round. The circadian rhythm (the scientific term for the body clock) is at the epicentre of your wellbeing because it regulates body temperature, blood pressure, sleep, hormone secretion, metabolism, oxygen consumption and cardiac activity. It regulates our 24 hour cycle which is primed to be awake and active in the daytime and resting and repairing by night.
It’s therefore understandable that you should work with it and eating late at night, when you should be sleeping, or waking up at noon and diving headfirst into a fry up, is going to throw it all out of whack.
Instead try eating with the sun. So in the same vein as intermittent fasting, eat when it’s still light outside and fast when it’s dark.

Lumity Morning & Night Supplements

Lumity supplements work in harmony with the circadian rhythm and are focused on delivering the right nutrients and vitamins to the body when it needs them.
Therefore, you can give your healthy lifestyle a boost by adding them to your daily diet. The three capsules in the morning boost energy and immunity as well as helping healthy skin, hair and nails. The three nighttime soft gels help your body repair while you sleep.

If you’ve got your timings down but you’re looking for some healthy food inspirations then try following the daily diets that these top nutritionists eat and if you think you don’t have time to make healthy dinners, think again with these top eating tips for busy women.

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