A recent article in The Journal of Clinical Nutrition unveiled the worst time of day to eat.

The answer: later in the day, with the article finding people who eat their biggest meal later have a harder time losing weight and keeping it off.

So if you’re eating a really, really big meal for dinner (along with late night snacks) and struggling to lose weight, well that’s probably the biggest reason you’re frustrated.

Now here’s more bad news…

If you eat late, research shows that you sleep worse.

And The New York Times says, “If you didn’t get enough sleep last night, you’ll find yourself overeating today to the tune of about 385 extra calories, roughly the equivalent of a frosted cupcake or a serving of fries.”


It’s a vicious cycle.

mom & boys
Here am I with my mom and her “boys” (me, Bedros Keuilian, and my childhood best friend) at a late dinner for her 74th birthday last year. However, it’s not ALL bad news today.You don’t have to give up eating all of your favorite foods.

But you should stop eating so late at night, especially big meals and snacks.

How can we do that?

My advice to you is this…

Replace “living to eat” with something more meaningful in life.

We often eat out of boredom or to satisfy other unmet desires, not because we’re truly hungry, right?

So instead of consuming calories to “drown our sorrows” or to “entertain us”, we must find a more productive use of our time.

What can you do to fill your evening hours with experiences instead of food?

It might be as simple as reading a good book, or calling a friend on the telephone for a good conversation, or going for a walk, or knitting, or pretty much anything except for sitting in front of the television set snacking.

Let’s commit to trying something new out this week for our downtime at home so that we avoid those late meals.

I’ll bet that when you do, you’ll find your stubborn weight loss plateau is over.

Suddenly those inches will come off. And you’ll sleep better and have more energy the next day. But that’s just part of the good news. You’ll love this…

My friend, Matt Stirling, a nutrition guru that I met last weekend in New Orleans, has show me a new way of eating that allows you to enjoy your favorite carbohydrate-based foods while still losing weight.

Read Matt’s article about how he “cracked the carbohydrate code”



Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS – Take control!

Controlling your time, dominating your day, and overcoming the mental clutter holding you back are the keys to losing, weight, getting rich, and finding the love of your life.

You cannot have self-doubt.

You must feel deserving of extraordinary results. This belief is essential to getting those rewards.

This is politically incorrect, but true.

Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com

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