Change your timing, live a better life

If you do nothing but simply change the time you do some things, you’ll be better off.

Eat earlier to be healthier.

A University of Pennsylvania study is the latest to show that the later you eat at night, the more you screw with your metabolism, raising insulin and cholesterol levels and putting on fat. Ideally, eat dinner before 7pm.

Train before breakfast to eat less.

A study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism says that if you skip breakfast before your morning workout, you’re likely to consume less calories throughout the day.

Train early to train more.

People who train earlier in the day are more likely to exercise regularly, according to a US survey. Makes sense — our fit high achievers in the last issue all trained in the morning.

Train four hours after studying to improve your memory.

If you want to maximise what you remember from study or a lecture, train no earlier than four hours afterwards. A study by the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands found that participants who exercised four hours after taking a computer test could recall what they had learned much more accurately than a group which trained immediately afterwards.