We all know that what you eat is important if you want to lose weight, however a new study has discovered that when you eat also has an impact on how much weight you can lose.
This research has shown that those who ate before 3pm were more likely to lose weight, with those who ate after that time more likely to skip breakfast.
What did the study entail?
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the University of Murcia studied 420 overweight people over a 20 week period.
During the study the participants were broken into two separate groups, one containing those who ate earlier in the day with the other group comprising of those who tended to eat after 3pm.
Over the 20 week period the early eaters were asked to consume their main meal (40% of their daily calories) before 3pm, with the later eaters eating after this time.
What did the study discover?
At the conclusion of the study it was discovered that those who ate early lost the most weight. Those who ate later had lower insulin sensitivity, which meant they were more at risk of suffering from diabetes.
The senior author of the study, Dr Frank Scheer talking to the International Journal of Obesity had this to say:
“This is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the timing of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness.
Our results indicate that late eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less weight than early eaters, suggesting that the timing of large meals could be an important factor in a weight loss program.”
While Dr Marta Garaulet from the University of Murcia also had this to say:
“This study emphasises that the timing of food intake itself may play a significant role in weight regulation.
Novel therapeutic strategies should incorporate not only the caloric intake and macronutrient distribution, as it is classically done, but also the timing of food.”
If you really want to achieve your weight loss goals perhaps it is time you thought not only about what foods you are eating, but also what time you are eating them.