When Is The Best Time For Breakfast?

Cadrene Heslop

Many refer to breakfast as the most critical meal of the day. Do you? And yes, it is true. This food serving ends our overnight fasting period.

80% of Americans continue to eat breakfast at home, according to Balzer. 10% of people aged 18 to 35 report skipping this meal. The other 10% eats elsewhere.

A survey of 2000 participants says most Americans eat in the morning three times a week. For 65% of these people, eggs are the go-to morning dish, 58% drink coffee, and 56% eat cereal.

Morning meals usually get eaten between 6 to 7:30 am depending on work or school hours. Nowadays, schools and fast-food restaurants offer morning food favorites. This change made it typical to eat between 7:30 to 9:00 am.

Was this switch-up for the best? Are you eating your first meal at an optimized time?

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Science: Best time for breakfast

The best time for breakfast is within two hours after you wake up. This time frame works best for your metabolism. First light food consumption significantly decreases hunger and craving throughout the day.

Science says between 6 to 10 am are the ideal hours for your first meal. By doing so, you ensure hours pass before your second food serving. If you eat past 11 am, it is too late for breakfast. As such, brunch at noon is eating breakfast food at lunch.

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What about lunch and dinner, when are the best times?

It is good for lunch to follow breakfast by four to five hours. Aim to eat your midday meal before 4 pm. And if you cannot eat lunch until 2 pm, have a snack.

Try to have dinner four to five hours after lunch. The 5 to 6 pm window is the last hour of your body's high metabolic rate. Aim to have 2-3 hours between your last meal and bedtime to allow for digestion.

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