When you train your dog, you dictate when he sits, walks, goes potty, and eats until the routine become second nature and he drools when it’s dinner time. You are training your body in much the same way to eat at the best times for hormone balance. Once you start, your body will come to expect food at the same time each day. That’s a good thing because anticipating, and controlling, the hunger hormone ghrelin is one of the first steps to curbing your appetite. Ghrelin is produced in higher amounts at meal times and when your stomach is empty, making meal timing effective in quelling a creeping ghrelin level. High levels of ghrelin tell your brain and body to gain weight and preserve fat. Here’s how to stop ghrelin before it prompts cravings:
Eat on a schedule
Once you get used to eating at these ideal times, you’ll be far less likely to crave food at odd hours. Sticking to the schedule will also help you with portion control.
Breakfast between 6 and 8 AM.
Optional very light late morning snack (only if you get hungry), one hour before lunch.
Lunch between 11 AM and 12:30 PM (before hunger hormone ghrelin starts creeping up).
Mid-afternoon snack between 3 and 4 PM.
Dinner between 5 and 7 PM.
Eat foods in correct sequence throughout the day
Hormone levels that rhythmically rise and fall daily affect how your body handles nutrients, so the components in Dr. Arem’s Thyrolife Protein Boost Diet meals differ as well. Breakfast and lunch are when you need the most carbs. They power activity, and your pancreas is trying to deliver peak insulin early in the day to process them. This is why you eat grains and fruit early in the day and legumes and fruit at lunch. Later in the day, as you wind down, you need fewer carbs and more protein instead for better hormone balance. The object is to regain control of the hormones that are currently controlling the way you look and feel. Follow the meal plans and you’ll do fine.
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