Why When You Eat Matters

clockWhat we eat matters, but it turns out that when you eat is just as important – maybe even a little more important – to your overall health. Here’s a breakdown of how the time of day as well as the day of the week affects your eating health.

The Healthiest Meal of the Day

You’ve heard that breakfast is the healthiest meal of the day, right? Well, it turns out that is true. The healthiness of your food decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day. Lunch is generally around 7% less healthy than breakfast was, dinner about 16% less healthy, and snacks a little over 16% less healthy. So, as the time passes during the day it may turn out that the food choices you’re making aren’t as healthy.

People who eat breakfast generally eat healthier throughout the day as people who skip it. That can translate to a 12% healthier food day than someone who skips breakfast. Studies have suggested that people who eat a fiber-rich breakfast might avoid low blood sugar levels between meals, and their feelings of satisfaction in what they’re eating are higher for the rest of the day too.


So, if you eat your breakfast like a good boy or girl, you may be able to exercise more control over your cravings for the rest of the day. On a physiological level, if you are able to keep your glucose levels in your blood steady it will improve your control over cravings throughout the day. This is what eating a healthy breakfast can help you achieve. Also, it has been found that people who don’t eat breakfast eat almost 7% more food throughout the day. That’s a lot of calories based on an average recommended diet.

The Weekend

Weekends have been found to be bad for eating health. Eating habits tend to decline throughout the week. Fridays, as compared to other weekdays, are about 4.5% less healthy, especially at lunch and dinner. After a hard week many people feel like dinners on Friday nights are a reward and that tends to be less healthy.

On Saturdays people tend to eat later in the day and people generally eat a little over 10% less healthy on a Saturday than they do throughout the week.

Sundays may be Fun days, but they are also the unhealthiest day of the week when it comes to your food. People eat later in the day on Sundays than any other day of the week and tend to make worse food choices throughout the day.

Studies have found that on the weekends, people eat 1.5 times more cupcakes, 1.4 times more croissants, 1.4 times more cheeseburgers, and 1.6 times more beer than they do during the other days of the week. That’s a lot of cheeseburgers and beer!

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