Tapering calories is an effective way of losing weight and keeping the weight off. This is a correct weight loss habit that should be cultivated for healthy and sustainable weight loss. You may have heard of the saying “Eating breakfast Like a King and Eating Dinner Like a Pauper”. There is some merit in this.
Tapering calories essentially means reducing the amount of calories as one progresses through the day. The largest amount of calories should be consumed at breakfast and the smallest amount of calories should be consumed at dinner.
The body is better adapted to handle carbohydrates in the morning rather than later in the day. In the morning, the body has higher levels of cortisol and is depleted of glycogen. This is after a prolonged period of fasting since the dinner meal from the night before. The body is in dire need of calories to meet its energy needs.
Calories consumed in the earlier part of the day have a higher chance of being used up within that day.
The body becomes very much more sensitive to calories in the later part of the day. Calories consumed too close to sleeping time have a high chance of being stored as fat. As we sleep, our metabolism slows down and our energy needs reduce. All the excess calories consumed at this time has a high likelihood to be stored as fat. This is one of the reasons why it is prudent not to consume anything within 2 hours of sleeping. This 2 hour window also give enough time for the food that you ate to be digested.
Unfortunately, most people have their largest meals at dinner and have their smallest meals at breakfast. A lot of people also go to the extent of skipping breakfast. These habits should be changed as it makes it very difficult to lose weight by doing this.
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