The 'best time' to eat to 'manage hunger and boost your metabolism'

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An expert weighs in on the best time to eat

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 29/05/2024

- 15:08

The time at which you eat could change how your metabolism works, an expert suggested

A fast metabolism is often linked to quicker weight loss and easier fat-burning in the body.

Speaking exclusively to GB News, an expert suggested the time you eat most of your daily calories could impact your metabolism.

Chief medical advisor at the National Council on Aging Dr Raj Dasgupta said following your natural body clock could lead to the best results.

He told GB News: "Meal timing can influence your weight loss efforts.

Wholemeal pasta salad

Eating more calories earlier in the day could boost the metabolism


"Eating in alignment with your body's natural clock (having a hearty breakfast and a lighter dinner) might help.

"Avoid eating late at night and try to evenly space out your meals to manage hunger better and boost your metabolism."

There is much debate on the best time to eat if you are trying to lose weight, but studies have backed up the idea that eating earlier is better.

One study published in Obesity Reviews analysed 485 adults who were instructed to eat at different times of the day.

It concluded those who eat most of their calories earlier in the day lost more weight than those who ate more calories later in the day.

Research has found eating the same amount of food - but later in the day - can also increase the appetite as it causes levels of ghrelin (increases appetite) to spike and leptin (causes satiety) to be suppressed.

This means those who eat more in the evenings might be tempted to overeat.

This comes as Dr Raj discussed the best foods to eat throughout the day to further boost the metabolism.

Mediterranean diet foods, including seeds and fruit

An expert shared the best foods to eat

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"These nutrients keep you full and help speed up your metabolism. Go for lean proteins like chicken, turkey, fish, and tofu.

"Add fibre-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains to your meals. Include healthy fats from avocados, nuts, seeds, and a bit of olive oil.

"Drinking green tea can help, thanks to its metabolism-boosting catechins."

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