February 3rd, 2013


THE TIME of day you eat really does matter. After 7pm your body doesn’t digest food nearly as fast as during the day when you’re being active. Worse still, calories eaten in the evening are much more likely to end up as extra fat.

That’s why, if you want to be slim, it’s imperative you eat your dinner early, ideally before 7pm and never after 8pm. The longer you can leave between when you eat your last meal of the day and when you go to bed the more efficiently you will metabolise whatever you eat. This is because most of the body’s metabolic functions take place at night while you’re resting.

Think about it. If you eat dinner at 7pm and go to bed at 11pm, that’s a four-hour gap between dinner and bedtime. If you then sleep for eight hours until 7am that’s a total of 12 hours since dinner. That’s half a day. Half a day that you’re not stuffing your face (I mean not eating!). Such a simple, yet powerful concept isn’t it? Trust me, it’s much easier not to eat during this 12 hour period than the other 12 hours of ‘prime eating time’, so my recommendation is tackle what’s easier first. Once you’ve developed enough discipline to not eat after 7pm, it’ll be far easier to move on to the other more challenging ‘Slim Rules’.

By the way, if you simply must eat after 7pm, my suggest is have an apple!

How to avoid eating after 8pm

  1. Always eat before you go out in the evening.
  2. Cook at home as much as possible.
  3. Tell your friends that you have hypoglycemia and that you simply have to eat by 7pm every night!
  4. Make it a rule that if you haven’t eaten by 8pm you have to skip dinner that night (great for weight loss).
  5. Skip dinner occasionally anyway (great for weight loss).
  6. Follow animals in the wild’s way and always eat before dark.
  7. Pack an evening meal to take to work on nights you have to work late, or when you’re going out straight from the office.
  8. Make a list of nearby restaurants, which serve healthy food, and that you can go to straight from work.
  9. Make a ritual out of dinner – come home, shower, rest and/or meditate and then eat.

10. Don’t ever eat your dinner in front of the tv because, as everyone knows, watching tv while you’re eating makes you fat!

In summary:

• The earlier you eat your last meal of the day the better your body will metabolise what you eat.

• Therefore for maximum weight loss always eat your evening meal by 7pm and never later than 8pm.

• The longer you leave between your evening meal and eating again the next day the faster you will lose weight and improve your digestive health.



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