Many women who have PCOS and who struggle with weight loss related concerns don't realize that the time of day that you eat affects their ability to lose weight. When you eat does matters. For example, if you eat late at night, you will probably awaken not feeling hungry and will be tempted to skip breakfast.
Skipping breakfast is one of the most common mistakes that all people looking to lose weight make including women with PCOS related weight issues. Breakfast is important because it gets your metabolism going for the day. Skipping breakfast definitely affects your odds of success with PCOS weight loss. So the bottom line is, don't do it.
Skipping breakfast leaves your body without the fuel it needs for the day's activities and it puts your metabolism, which is your ability to burn calories for energy, way behind even as your day begins. It's the wrong way to start out your day. Prepare it the night before if you have time pressure in the morning. Have a clear plan for breakfast and make sure you eat your breakfast if you want PCOS weight loss success.
Incorporating a set meal time is great for weight loss. Within one hour of waking up, you should eat your breakfast. This will give you energy for the day. If you find that a snack is necessary before you have lunch, a small mid-morning snack is fine.
You will want to eat lunch about mid-day. Roughly about 4 to 5 hours after you have eaten your breakfast and by then you should be feeling hungry. Make lunch your most calorie-dense meal of the day.
Eat your dinner at least 3, but ideally 4 to 5 hours, before bedtime so that your digestive system has plenty of time to process your meal before you go to sleep. This helps to restore a more normal metabolism that burns your food for energy rather than just storing it as fat.
If you struggle with the urge to snack at night after you've had your dinner, don't give into carbohydrates. These calories will most likely be converted directly into fat. Instead, you can try either a hot or iced tea. Decaffeinated green tea is great for appetite control and can be really helpful when you experience those hunger pangs.
Eating an hour or less before bedtime is a disaster. It's a huge mistake that is commonly made. Eating late in the day leads to weight gain, especially fat. Eating late in the day is how you turn on the weight gain switch. When you eat most of your calories late in the day, you aren't giving your body any time to really burn those calories before you go to bed. If you want to turn the weight gain switch off then eat most of your calories earlier in the day, not right before you go to bed.
If you are in the habit of eating lots of food late in the evening, not only is it bad for weight gain it can significantly increase the risk of having several illnesses and diseases such as heartburn, type 2 diabetes, and heart attacks.
Simply getting into the habit of eating at the right times hugely helps with losing weight and is part of what is critical in maintaining weight loss once you have had some success. This is how you take it off, this is how you keep it off.
By ignoring these principles about the timing of your meals, you may be cheating yourself out of the opportunity to experience success with PCOS weight loss. Take charge of this aspect of PCOS weight loss but make sure you are eating in a way that honors and respects your health needs. You are absolutely worth it.
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Dr. Beverly Yates is an expert on weight loss and women's health, including PCOS weight loss. In addition to having two decades of clinical experience, Dr. Yates is an MIT-educated engineer, and has been featured on countless media including PBS, NPR, CNN, & NBC. For a complimentary free report on PCOS Weight Loss Tips and Secrets, go to www.PCOSWeightLossTips.com
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