There is a lot of importance placed on what we put into our bodies when it comes to targeting weight loss. The age old adage of calories in versus calories burned still rings true, however, good health is about much more than that. The ingredients in foods are just as important, as what you put into your body is ultimately going to either negatively or positively affect your health. However, a new study has indicated that timing may also play an integral role in your success.
Food Navigator reported the study which “evaluated how the timing of food intake impacts weight management in a sample of 420 Spanish participants who followed a 20-week weight-loss program.” The research team analyzed the participants who were “grouped as either ‘early eaters’ or ‘late eaters’ depending on the timing of consumption of their main meal – which in this population is lunch. An early lunch was defined as consumption before 3pm (51% of the subjects were early eaters) while a late lunch was counted as food intake after 3pm (49% of participants).”
The study was led by Professor Marta Garaulet, who found that “those consuming a late lunch lost significantly less weight and displayed a significantly slower weight-loss rate during the 20 weeks than early eaters.” Furthermore, they discovered that “surprisingly, energy intake, dietary composition, estimated energy expenditure, appetite hormones and sleep duration was similar between both groups. Nevertheless, late eaters were more evening types, had less energetic breakfasts and skipped breakfast more frequently that early eaters.” They also stated that “the timing of the other smaller meals did not play a role in the success of weight loss.”
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