Dietitian shares the three ‘dangerous’ times of day when you should avoid eating if you want to lose weight — and it could save you 750 calories
- Australian dietitian Susie Burrell shared the times when you are most likely to overeat
- According to a study in the UK, 11:01 am, 3:14 pm and 9:31 pm are ‘danger’ times
- Dieters burned up to 750 more calories per day eating at these times
- Susie revealed how to fight cravings all day long
Leading Australian dietitian Susie Burrell has revealed the three ‘dangerous’ times of the day to avoid eating.
The Sydney expert said 11:01 am, 3:14 pm and 9:31 pm are the specific times when you are most likely to overeat and increase your daily calorie intake.
Research commissioned by a British supplement company reported the three high-risk periods – and found that dieters consumed an extra 750 calories per day during these times.
Susie shared a list of healthy snack alternatives to eat during these hours to combat cravings.
Sydney dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) said 11:01 am, 3:14 pm and 9:31 pm are the three ‘dangerous’ hours of the day when most tend to indulge in cravings and overeating
Research commissioned by a British supplement company reported the three high-risk periods and found that dieters consumed an extra 750 calories per day during these times (stock image)
It’s important to start the day with a big breakfast to beat the 11 a.m. cravings.
“Eating too few calories during the first half of the day is not only a trigger for hunger and cravings in the late morning, but can also leave you vulnerable to overeating later in the day,” Susie told 7News.
Giving in to the craving can also mean delaying lunch until later in the day.
But a healthy snack at 10:30 a.m., such as yogurt or a piece of fruit, can help fight hunger.
Susie said it’s important to start the day with a full breakfast and enjoy healthy afternoon snacks to fight the cravings (stock image)
As with morning tea, afternoon cravings from 3pm to 4pm are common—many turn to unhealthy vending machine options for a “quick-fix.”
“Unfortunately, the types of foods we associate with snacking at this time of day are again usually sweet, tasty foods — cookies, chocolates, and snack bars — that leave us feeling unsatisfied and more likely to snack until dinner,” Susie said.
She recommends enjoying filling high-protein snacks in the afternoon, such as nut bars, veggies with hummus, or rice crackers.
Which snacks are healthy?
Yogurt with berries
Apple slices with peanut butter
Celery and peanut butter
Cottage cheese and fruit
Dark chocolate and almonds
Cucumber slices with hummus
Hard boiled eggs
A few hours after dinner, you might want something sweet to end the day while watching television — although Susie called this a “bad habit.”
She said that eating snacks in the evening while watching your favorite show puts you at risk of overeating.
During this time, give yourself a “cut-off” period by making sure you don’t eat after a certain hour, such as 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Evening snacks that Susie likes include dark chocolate, a cookie, or a small amount of ice cream.