Have you ever wondered if when we eat is as important as what we eat? Carolyn Dunn, author of Nutrition Decisions: Eat Smart, Move More, just wrote a blog post on Food Myths and Memes that explores some recent research that people who ate more late in the day showed significantly less weight loss than those who ate more food earlier in the day.
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"We all know by now that what we weigh is based on the equation of energy in and energy out. While it is WAY more complicated than that on a metabolic level, some of the equation is simple math.
A logical next question may be where should those calories come from? The pendulum has swung from high carbohydrates/low fat to high fat/low carbohydrates and back again. Finally where our calories should come from has landed on a balance of fats (mostly poly and monounsaturated), protein and carbohydrates (mostly complex).
Another logical question is “when should I eat these calories?” “Does it matter if I eat all my calories in one meal, all at the end of the day?” Let’s say you have calculated that you need 1500 calories to lose ½ pound per week. Does it matter when the calories are consumed?
While there are many sayings such as “lunch like a king, dinner like a pauper,” there are few well-designed studies that examine the effects of timing on calorie consumption – until now.
New research published in the International Journal of Obesity is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the timing of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness. It sheds light on the fact that it may not just be WHAT you eat but WHEN you eat that can help with weight loss and weight maintenance.
Results indicate that eating more late in the day is associated with slower weight-loss and significantly less weight loss than eating more early in the day.
Late-eaters were also more likely to consumer fewer calories at breakfast or skip breakfast altogether. Something we know is not conducive to weight loss.
Try to eat at least 70% of the calories you need each day before the evening meal. The lighter meal in the evening will set you up for being hungry for a larger breakfast the following day. Give it a try!"