We’ve all heard the basic tips for losing weight: exercise regularly, eat more protein and less fat, and drink plenty of water. But, when it comes to these helpful guidelines, you may not realize that timing is everything. According to Prevention magazine, your weight loss attempt will become more effective when you establish a routine of specifically timed exercise and meals. Here are some examples:
Cardio: Even though we all have troubles getting out of bed in the morning, the early hours are the best time to get your heart pumping. Try 20-30 minutes of activity right after waking up, and before eating breakfast (this will burn more fat).
Strength Training: Lifting weights and toning exercises are most effective when done between 4 and 8 p.m., when the body’s temperature is at its highest point of the day.
Meals: Always, always, always eat breakfast–preferably within an hour of waking. Eggs and toast will help boost your energy after a morning workout. Eat a healthy midmorning snack (between 10 and 11 a.m.) before lunch, and avoid drinking caffeine after 4 p.m. After a healthy dinner (between 5 and 7 p.m.), you can even allow yourself a pre-bedtime snack, such as low-fat frozen yogurt (around 9 p.m.).
Water: Drinking not one, but two, glasses of water before each meal will help you meet your weight loss goals.
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