You may often hear certain diets suggesting to not consume foods after a certain time or to only eat within strict time frames. But what’s actually best for you?
Studies have shown that eating in different time frames may have some effect on your metabolism, overall daily intake, and weight. However, the evidence for these types of eating regimes is limited. Eating to a particularly strict pattern is also not very sustainable in the long term.
Overall, what you eat, and how much you eat is more important than what times you eat. Your total kilojoule intake, plus the physical activity performed over a whole day determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain weight. No matter when you eat, if you take in more kilojoules than you need, your body will store the excess as fat.
One of the best things you can do for your health is to fill your diet with a variety of nutritious foods across each day.
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