Dietitian Susie Burrell Shares The Three Worst Times Of The Day To Eat To Lose Weight

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 ‘dangerous’ 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 shared the three ‘dangerous’ times of the day to avoid eating.

Research commissioned by a British supplement company reported that 11:01 am, 3:14 pm and 9:31 pm are the three high-risk times of the day – and found that dieters consumed an extra 750 calories daily during these times.

Susie, from Sydney, said this reflects the common time when people tend to snack throughout the day.

She also shared a list of healthy snack alternatives to eat during these hours to combat cravings.

Research commissioned by a British supplement company reported that 11:01 am, 3:14 pm and 9:31 pm are the three high-risk times of the day. Sydney dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) said this reflects how often people tend to snack throughout the day

Susie also shared a list of healthy snack alternatives to eat during these hours to combat cravings (stock image)

Susie also shared a list of healthy snack alternatives to eat during these hours to combat cravings (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)

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 protein-rich snacks in the afternoon, such as nut bars, veggies with hummus, or rice crackers.

Which snacks are healthy?

mixed nuts

Yogurt with berries

Apple slices with peanut butter

Celery and peanut butter

Cottage cheese and fruit

protein smoothie

Kale chips

Dark chocolate and almonds

Cucumber slices with hummus

Chia pudding

Hard boiled eggs

popcorn

Source: Healthline

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 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.

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