6.30am- Drink water
Early risers should start the day by rehydrating with a glass or two of water (add lemon for extra refreshment). Doctors believe good hydration can help ward off chronic joint diseases and some cancers.
7.10am - Eat Breakfast
An early brekkie kick-starts the body’s metabolism and stops you snacking later in the morning. Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center say this is the best time to eat a high-fat meal such as bacon and eggs, as saturated fat causes more inflammation when consumed late at night. Fuelling up now makes sense as it’s the time when your body needs the most calories.
10am - Coffee break
Research suggests drinking coffee or tea first thing in the morning increases our tolerance to caffeine because it replaces the natural, cortisol-induced boost we should all be getting. So the best time to drink coffee is mid-morning.
11am - Cheese please
Snacking on a portion of cheese is wise as it is rich in calcium and high in protein, which leaves you more satisfied than carbohydrates or fats.
11.30am - Fruit time
Fruit will boost energy levels more than sweets and you will use up the natural sugars during the afternoon.
12.30pm - Lunch
The earlier you have lunch, the better – it means you are less likely to snack on unhealthy, sugary treats in the late morning/early afternoon lead-up to it. Finish off your lunch with a peppermint tea to help temper any sweet cravings.
1-2pm - Go bananas!
It is better to snack as early as possible to help curb the mid-afternoon slump before it happens. Bananas offer slow-release energy to get you through the afternoon.
6.15pm - Dinner
Research shows dinner should be eaten before 7pm to prevent heart problems. Turkish researchers assessed more than 700 adults with high blood pressure and found that having dinner within two hours of bedtime did more damage than the long-established risk of having a high salt diet. Experts recommend the last meal should be light and no later than 7pm.
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