Vlog 3: Why the After 6 “Diet” Helps with Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance
Let me briefly share what I know about weight loss, weight maintenance, and the After 6 “Diet.”
I’ve been blessed with a good metabolism so I’ve been able to maintain my weight – give or take a few pounds – since my late teens. Weight loss was thus never a major problem for me although I do think that the lifestyle choices I’ve been making have also contributed to my relatively successful weight maintenance.
One of these lifestyle choices is my not eating past 7 or 8 o’clock at night. It’s similar to the After 6 “Diet” although my “diet” technically starts at 7 or 8 p.m. By the way, I keep using the apostrophe to describe the After 6 “Diet” because – to my mind – it’s not a diet. It’s really just more of a lifestyle choice.
Why does not choosing to eat after 6 – or in my case, after 8 – work?
It works because at night most of us are already retiring for bed. At that point, our body doesn’t need fuel anymore which is what food is. If your bedtime is at 11 p.m., for instance, and yet you’re still eating around 10:30 p.m., then that food will just settle in your waist or in your hips as stored fuel a.k.a. fat.
At least one study has shown that the best option for weight maintenance is to stop eating 3-4 hours before one’s bedtime. That’s why the After 6 “Diet” works. Most people have 9-5 skeds and most people with such skeds usually sleep at around 10 p.m. or shortly past that. If you sleep around 10-ish p.m., then ideally you should stop eating around 6-7. Hence, the effectiveness of the After 6 “Diet.”
I usually sleep around midnight so 7-8 works for me. Any earlier than that and I’ll end up thinking about food around 10 p.m. 😀
So… What time do you usually eat your last meal? Do share!
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