I eat dinner early

In general, I try to eat on a regular schedule.  Approximately 700a breakfast, 1130a lunch, and 530p dinner.  Snacks are generally fruit in between if I feel hungry.

Some people start out the day not eating breakfast, starving themselves all day, then pigging out a night!  Not good.  Then the next day, they vow to do better.  But this “willpower” can rarely last for long.

Better to eat earlier in the day.  Mutiple studies have shown that breakfast eaters weigh LESS!  Best to have some protein for breakfast – it keeps you satisfied longer.

A new study shows that people who eat late and go to sleep late are more likely to gain weight:

Late sleepers consumed more calories at dinner and after 8:00 pm, had higher fast food, full-calorie soda and lower fruit and vegetable consumption.

Higher BMI was associated with shorter sleep duration, later sleep timing, caloric consumption after 8:00 pm, and fast food meals… Calories consumed after 8:00 pm predicted BMI after controlling for sleep timing and duration.

These findings indicate that caloric intake after 8:00 pm may increase the risk of obesity, independent of sleep timing and duration.



Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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