Why the Timing of Fat Consumption May be Important

by Stephen Mills on July 29, 2010

Imagine the same diet; the same calories, fat grams, etc.  In one group of mice, a high fat meal is consumed early in the day and a high carbohydrate meal later in the day.  In the other group of mice, the a high carbohydrate meal is consumed early in the day and a high fat meal later in the day.  Most of us tend to eat more fat later in the day at the big meals, so we are like the early-carb / late-fat mice.

But the mice with high-fat breakfasts had “significantly lower body weights and body fat composition” than their counterparts who ate high-fat dinners, according to their study published this week in the International Journal of Obesity.

Those weren’t the only differences. The mice that began the day with more carbs developed insulin resistance, a condition that increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They also wound up with more insulin, leptin and triglycerides circulating in their blood, which are also associated with diabetes and heart disease. –- LA Times

So at least in mice and most likely in humans too, the timing of daily fat intake may be very important in setting your daily metabolic cycle.

I have the perfect solution for you.  In order to make sure you get fat early in the day, try Udo’s Choice Oil Blend (see below) with breakfast.  You get a boost to a good metabolic cycle and an ideal fatty acid balance. My bottle says one serving is 14 grams of fat, but it is good fat.  It says you can put it in drinks or food, but it tastes fine and I just take it straight.

Udo’s Choice Perfected (Ultimate) 3, 6, 9 Oil Blend is a certified organic blend of guaranteed GMO-free, unrefined edible oils. This unique blend delivers a reliable source of the n-3 and n-6 essential fatty acids that are essential to life. Based on 15 years of practical experience with fats and oils, this formula is a 2:1:1 ratio of n-3: n-6: n-9, a combination most therapeutic for the n-3-deficient, n-6-rich diets, as well as ‘low’ and ‘no’ fat diets, common today. The Perfected Oil Blend includes oils from fresh flax, sesame and sunflower seeds, as well as oils from evening primrose, rice germ and oat germ.

Note: I have no financial interest nor get any commission or anything else from you buying Udo’s Choice.  I just recommend it because I think it is excellent.  I find it at most vitamin stores, health-food stores, and some supermarkets.  It is widely available.

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Donna July 31, 2010 at 6:25 pm

This is some kind of study. I would not have thought to do this. That is why there are people who like to experiment.

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Suzanne August 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

I find this kind of thing so interesting; our bodies and the mechanical “process” of how it does its work to sustain itself. Thank you for the information about the study and the supplement you recommended.

I’ve tried Barlean’s Essential Woman blend with flaxseed and evening primrose oils. It became very difficult for me to take by itself because I’m literally eating oil and the taste/texture was off-putting. If I try the supplement you recommended, I’d better stick to incorporating it into food!
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Lydia August 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

When I was growing up and most of my young adult life, I woke up up with nasal congestion, nausea, dizziness, and pounding head. The very last thing I wanted to eat was anything sugary or starchy. But needing something to get me going quick, I fell into the habit of jump starting my day with a soda, and later on with coffee. Needless to say, this did not work! What works is the change of lifestyle that comes from not having to leave the house before 10 a.m. most mornings, not having to stay out past 6 p.m. most days, and being able to disengage from stressors, good or bad, by 10 p.m. most nights. The quickest one-shot high-performance breakfast that works for me is a can of tuna. If I’ve got time, a more restorative breakfast/brunch to recover from long-term stress might be steak, eggs, and salad. But most of the time, for economy’s sake, I settle for some peanut butter on toast. The really important thing is not to be in hurry to get my morning eating over with. Incidentally, I had more problems with weight fluctuations when I was drinking both diet and regular sodas as a morning pick-me-up to try to stave off hunger without the hassle of cooking, eating, and cleaning up, than I do now, on black decaf coffee and high-fat peanut butter. This is conflated with my lifestyle changes which have made it unnecessary to find a way to wind down from having worked until after 11 p.m., whether outside the home or inside it, online – but which used to include alcohol, and for many people, as I understand it, still include TV and high-fat snacking. In my experience, it’s generally a bad idea to eat ice cream just before bed – you don’t get good sleep.

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Ортомоль November 5, 2013 at 3:24 am

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