It has been ingrained in our brains that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that eating a big, healthy breakfast sets up your day for success, and even that breakfast should be the biggest meal of your day! Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’ve heard it all before. I am here, ladies and gents, to tell you that it is not breakfast that should be capturing your attention and tummies, but lunch. I am here to tell you that lunch is the most important meal of the day - and here’s why.
There are many diets out there that range from caloric intake to keto and paleo. Diets are always trending, and it’s up to us to stay on top of each trend and decide if we feel it is a good fit for our lifestyles. Or you could be like me, and just not diet at all! (Don’t be like me people, I get winded after a flight of stairs). One of these diets has to do with the time of day that you eat, and how much you eat during each time frame. This isn’t a foreign concept of course, but if we apply it to different areas of our 24 hour days, let’s see what the results might be.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, people who ate the majority of their calories before 3 p.m. lost more weight than those who ate the majority of their calories after 3 p.m. In layman’s terms, this means that people who made breakfast and lunch their biggest meals of the day lost more weight than those who made dinner their biggest meal of the day. Weight loss is a main benefit of eating a large lunch, but it is not the only one! I consulted the help of EmpowHer to find out some other benefits of eating a larger lunch; let’s find out!
Because of the larger caloric intake throughout the day rather than at the end of the day, your body has more fuel to keep it energized and functioning. It also helps to build a higher metabolism! By not skipping lunch and taking in the majority of your calories before 3 p.m. you build your body’s metabolism and keep it functioning healthily throughout the whole day, rather than letting the majority of your food sit in your stomach at the end of your day when physical activity lowers. And lastly, forming this new habit with healthy foods can help suppress unhealthy cravings. New habits replace old ones eventually!
There are lots of benefits to eating a larger lunch, and we hope that you spend some of those lunch hours with us, whether it be in one of our restaurants enjoying the Spinato’s Experience, or at home creating your own experience with our retail frozen Broccoli Crust Pizzas. As always, we are so happy you joined us here at The Spinato’s Family Table. Alla Salute!
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