For years we've been told that you must eat breakfast, it's the most important meal of the day.
The basis of this theory was (at its simplest level) the sooner you eat the sooner you fire up your metabolism and a firing metabolism means you burn more fat.
Well this theory is just that, it has no scientific standing, but trainers, dieticians and the like have been advocating it for years.
Breakfast is named after the fact that it's the first meal you eat after you fast. While you're asleep you fast. Unless you can eat while you're sleeping. (You might need to talk to someone if you do that). When you're fasting your body is breaking down cholesterol in your liver and turning it into 'brown fat' to burn as energy. (To put simply, you're body burns fat while you sleep). So when you eat (break your fast) you stop this process.
Therefore stopping your body from breaking down fat.
So if you want to know how to dramatically improve your overall health and achieve your weight loss goals faster, here's what you need to do. (And what science is proving.)
Reduce your eating window to 8–10 hours. The smaller the eating window the less fat you will store. You will also be priming your body for hormone optimization, meaning you will improve your hormone balance, which is usually out of whack from poor lifestyle and food choices.
Shortening the eating window will mean less meals and a smaller caloric intake.
The actual fact is that the more often you eat, (just like the 3 meal 3 snack recommended meal frequency) the hungrier you'll likely be. Resulting in a higher caloric intake killing your weight loss goals.
Hormone optimization is the key to great results and a healthy body; intermittent fasting (or just pushing your first meal a little later) is the key to a leaner healthier body and lasting results.
This technique can also regulate your blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and reduces your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
With all this in mind if you're not making healthy choices it will still be an uphill battle. So be smart with your options and consider reducing your eating window, or simply the amount of time you're consuming food each day.