When You Eat Can Affect Your Health 3

When You Eat can Affect Your Health

It’s great to watch what you eat, but do you watch when you eat? In a recent study by the American Heart Association, researchers found that what time you eat may affect your health. When and how often you eat may affect your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other cardiac diseases.


We have internal clocks that may affect how we each metabolize food. According to AARP,  studies have found that people who eat breakfast within two hours of waking, have lower risk of heart diseases like high cholesterol and blood pressure, compared to those who skip breakfast. We all know the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, but according to your heart health, it is. Those who skip breakfast have a higher risk of heart disease as well as type 2 diabetes.


As for dinner, it’s best to have it earlier in the night. Eating later in the night makes it harder for the body to process sugar. Your metabolism slows at night, while during the day your metabolism is at its highest.

Reducing your Risk

The American Heart Association offers a few guidelines when it comes to reducing your risk of heart disease and type two diabetes. They recommend spreading out your caloric intake throughout the day. Try to  eat most of your calories earlier in the day, so your body has the time and energy to metabolize. Stick to a schedule of eating. Eating at different times everyday is bad for your heart, and makes it harder to maintain a healthy weight.

Meal prepping is recommended as a way to help with both eating healthy and eating at appropriate times. When you plan your meals and snacks, you can be deliberate with your choices, instead of just grabbing something when you can. It also means you are able to eat whenever you get hungry, which usually happens around certain times in the day. When meal prepping, make sure you are also using portion control, and avoid low-nutrient, high calorie foods.

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