Timing Is Key To Weight Loss

How much you eat is very important to successful weight loss, but the latest research shows that when you eat is just as important - perhaps more. In a recent study, researchers placed 93 obese women on one of two diet plans. Both groups consumed the same foods and the same total daily calories, the difference was when the calories were consumed. The first group ate 700 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 200 at dinner. The second group ate 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch, and 700 at dinner. By the end of the 12-week study, the big breakfast eaters lost 17.8 lbs and 3 inches in their waistlines compared to 7.3 lbs and 1.4 inches for the big dinners eaters. That's more than double the weight and inches lost for the big breakfast eaters.

The big breakfast group enjoyed several additional benefits including lower levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, throughout the day and greater overall decreases in insulin, glucose, and triglyceride levels. Even more impressive is that the big breakfast eaters did not have a post-meal spike in blood glucose that is known to damage blood vessels and raise blood pressure.

Bottom line:

For better weight control and improved cardio-metabolic health, eat most of your calories (and carbs) earlier in the day and less of them later in the day.