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When to have breakfast and dinner to burn belly fat

When to have breakfast and dinner to burn belly fat Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Florida doctor Nahid Ali revealed the best time for breakfast and dinner to burn belly fat, according to the New York Post.

Eating strategy

Natural circadian rhythms dictate waking up at 6 AM and going to bed at 10:00 PM.

Incorporating this approach into meal scheduling, particularly for breakfast and dinner, could further enhance the body's ability to burn belly fat.

Approximately 53% of Americans suffer from abdominal obesity. Subcutaneous fat, the visible and pinchable fat on the belly, is one aspect.

Visceral fat, the fat deep in the abdomen surrounding organs like the stomach, liver, and intestines, could be the most dangerous type of fat as it releases toxic substances that elevate blood pressure and cause inflammation.

Limiting food intake during certain times has been shown to reduce visceral fat.

"Breakfast should ideally be consumed within an hour of waking up, around 7 a.m. to jumpstart the metabolism," the doctor recommends.

"Dinner, on the other hand, should be consumed at least two to three hours before bedtime, around 7 p.m., to ensure that the body has ample time to digest the meal before the metabolic rate slows down during sleep," he added.

Metabolism is the process of converting food into energy. Those with a faster metabolism burn more calories even at rest.

One study found that the body burns the fewest calories during the late biological night and the most calories during the biological day and evening.

A 2019 study recommended eating two to three times a day, avoiding late-night snacks, and fasting for 12 to 16 hours.