Weight Loss Tips: The Best Time of Day to Lose Weight

American Health and Beauty

Monday, January 31, 2011 9:31 AM

Watching your diet and working out are the first steps to weight loss success. Support your efforts by doing the steps at the right times.

Dr. Oz’s Move It and Lose It weight loss campaign is in its fifth week and today he’s letting participants in on the best times of day to lose weight. He says that making your body’s natural cycles work for you can help improve your results.

  • Weighing Yourself – Your weight naturally fluctuates throughout the day and it’s best to step on the scale first thing in the morning. According to Dr. Oz, you’re at your lightest when you first get up, and if you weigh yourself at the same time every morning, you can be sure of a good baseline.
  • Exercising – Working out just after you weigh yourself is best. Getting your exercise in the morning helps you burn more fat than if you wait until after you eat. Having breakfast first or waiting until the end of the day will force your body to burn the calories you ate before turning to your fat stores.
  • Eating MealsYour body has natural cycles called the circadian rhythm which you should follow for maximum weight loss. Dr. Oz advises eating within 1 hour of waking up, and then again around 4.5 hours later. You should follow up with dinner around 6.5 hours after that. Delaying meals can leave you hungry and more likely to cheat. Also, make sure that dinner is at least 3 hours before going to bed.
  • Boosting Metabolism – Getting in a metabolic boost soon after breakfast is your best bet. People often feel sluggish at this time of day and want to turn to coffee or another pick-me-up. Drinking a glass of ice cold water will fill your stomach, wake you up, and cause your body to burn more calories to warm the water.
  • Grocery Shopping – Dr. Oz goes on to say that you should do your grocery shopping at about 10am. By this time, you should still be full from breakfast and your water so your blood sugar will be stable. Shopping when you’re hungry is dangerous.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.