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Eating Habits and Nutrition

How does an irregular eating schedule affect my health?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    When you eat meals at different times rather than on a regular schedule, your body goes into stress mode. For example, when you eat breakfast at 7 a.m. one morning and 11 a.m. the next, your body becomes confused about where its next meal is coming from. This causes the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol lead to spikes in insulin, which causes inflammation and can increase the risk of many cancers.
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  • ACindy Gay, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered

    Eating at regular times, beginning with breakfast and approximately 5 hours later for the mid meal and 5 or 6 hours later for the last meal, provides optimum energy levels to feel good and to complete work or activities.  This works best when eating protein, carbohydrate and fat at each meal.  High-quality protein, like that found in lean meat, dairy and soy, is needed for muscle maintenance. 

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