I recently read an article in the new issue of Health magazine called, “Can You Eat Late – and Still Lose Weight?” that I found interesting.
Basically, this article says that new studies have found that to burn the most fat, you should go 12 hours overnight without eating. The reasoning behind it is that during the day your muscles use some of the calories you eat for fuel, the rest is stored as glycogen. Overnight, that glycogen is converted to glucose. Once the glycogen is gone, your liver starts burning the fat cells.
Fasting for 12 hours overnight allows your body the chance to convert the glycogen and start burning fat.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like there’s so many “health rules” that you’re supposed to follow.
According to the article, if you eat dinner at 8 pm, you shouldn’t eat breakfast until 8 am. Okay, that’s fine. But the article also says that juice and milk count as breaking the fast, so if you drink a glass of milk at 10pm, you shouldn’t eat breakfast until 10 am.
Now, here’s where I started thinking about the golden rule – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The article agrees with this, saying that all breakfast eaters typically weigh less, but they say if you eat late at night, around 11 pm or later, you should actually skip breakfast to get the 12 hour fast in.
What about people who regularly eat late because they work late, or go out on the weekends and eat or drink late? Should they regularly skip breakfast and not eat until 11 am? I can understand that if you stay up late, you usually are sleeping later too, but this isn’t always the case. Why is being healthy so complicated?
I tried the 12 hour fast thing, and I got close, but it doesn’t really work for me. For example, Wednesday night I worked out. I got home at 8:30 pm, and had some protein-filled yogurt shortly after. I shouldn’t have eaten breakfast until around 8:45 am. Yeah, not going to happen. I wake up about 7 am, and I need coffee right away. And at 8:45 am, I am busy getting the kids ready to leave the house. There’s no way that I am getting breakfast at the time. I’m eating about 7:30 am. While, I got pretty close to the 12 hour mark, I feel like it’s harder to achieve that it seems.
I am still so sore from the Biggest Loser workout on Monday night. I went to Butts and Guts class yesterday morning, and it was tough. We did a lot of cardio and abs on the Bosu and I was really feeling it. Afterwards, I treated myself to a sugar-free iced coffee from McDonald’s.
I came home, and had some overnight oats for breakfast. My oats included: strawberry Greek yogurt, oats, almond milk, and chia seeds.
I topped it with some sad-looking blueberries.
After picking my niece up yesterday, we packed a lunch and went to the splash park.
The kids had fun playing in the water for a while, and Baby McCutie had fun looking in the grass for things to eat.
Luckily, I’m quick as lightning, and prevented her from consuming grass, sticks, leaves, and bugs.
Later in the evening, the kids had swim lessons. It was a full day of water play.
Questions of the day:
- What are your thoughts on the 12 hour fast article?
- How long do you go between your last meal of the day and breakfast?
- When was the last time you went swimming?