Have you ever skipped lunch to work through an important meeting? Missed out on breakfast because you just did not have time? As long as you are consuming nutritious food and not overeating, when you eat does not matter, right? As it turns out, when it comes to eating for your health, timing is everything.

The Huffington Post reported that random eating is doing your body more harm than you would expect. Even when consuming nutritious meals, abnormal eating patterns may increase your chances of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Beware: The Late Night Snack

Professionals that snack late into the night often find themselves weighing more than their co-workers. Studies have consistently shown that individuals that eat more in the evening are more likely to be overweight.  It pays to plan out your meals throughout the day in order to combat the late-night cravings and possible overeating. If hunger does strike in the wee hours, opt for decaffeinated tea instead. Your body will thank you.

Lunch: The Largest Meal of the Day

If you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet, consider eating more at lunch and less at dinner. Researchers have concluded that a larger, late-night dinner is associated with weight gain. To combat hunger in the evening, consider consuming a significantly sized lunch. Your body’s metabolism performs best at peak energy times, which typically occur around noon to 3:00 p.m. If a big lunch leaves you sleepy through the afternoon, split your lunch into two: one in the early afternoon and another later on.

Listen to your Internal Clock

Even if you’re keeping your portions under control, consistent timing is still vital to a healthy life. Many researchers are currently studying a link between metabolism and circadian rhythms. Many metabolic processes within the body follow a 24-hour cycle. Irregular eating may disrupt your internal clock, leading to health risks. The best thing you can do for your body is to create a meal schedule and stick to it.

Need help getting your meal schedule started? Contact a professional at Patronus Medical.