WASHINGTON – The latest weight loss study adds new meaning to “watching” your weight.
Published by the International Journal of Obesity, the study followed 420 Spanish men and women during a 20-week diet. All participants consumed the same number of calories. The variable came in the timing.
Those who ate lunch before 3 p.m. lost more weight than those who dined later. Pound per pound, the group that ate earlier lost 11 percent of their body weight versus 9 percent for the other group. This was an average of 3.5 pounds more.
Additionally, reports Prevention Magazine, late eaters often skipped breakfast. This causes the body to feel famished and hold on to calories.
“If we go a long period of time without having eaten, the body will actually absorb at a greater rate when it does get food,” nutritionist Nicolette Pace of NutriSource Inc. tells Prevention.
Skipping early meals can also lead to binge eating later on.
Prevention offers these tips to controlling eating habits and weight: