Eat for 12 Hours a Day
Starting today or tomorrow, deciding when you'll eat is a small change that can truly help your diet. "Try to eat for only 10-12 hours a day," says Jalali. " When you eat all day, from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m., your body will be secreting insulin all day, which can inhibit fat burning." Jalali often recommends her clients to choose a set time to adhere to (like only eating from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and never before that time frame, or after). A recent animal study from the Salk Institute found that eating within a 12-hour window could help with losing weight and fighting high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes. That's because eating can trigger your body clock, also referred to as circadian rhythm, which in turn affects things like how your body metabolizes.
When doing this, it's still important to eat small amounts frequently throughout the day rather than large meals spaced out from breakfast to dinner. For example, Dr. Jacqueline Buell suggests snacking on nuts — which are very healthy but can add a huge amount of calories when overeaten. "Spread them out over the day in a moderate amount," says Dr. Buell.