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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/29/13 12:39 P

I agree with YOJULEZ. I eat at 9 a.m., 4 p.m., and 11 p.m. Most of my meals are 600-800 calories. Breakfast tends to be the smallest meal. I haven't noticed any problem with time of day.

The problem with the study is that it takes nothing into consideration, besides meal size, and weight loss. This would be like deciding that a stretch of road was dangerous because so many people died on it, without considering it might be the fact that it might be because of the 9 bars at the start of that portion of the road. This is because the funding for studies now is paid for by the people who want a predetermined result. They got the results they were looking for.

I DO think a big breakfast is good, but not a cause of extra weight loss.

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1/29/13 12:36 P

I've read conflicting studies on the issue, and I'm not educated enough in nutrition to be able make an informed opinion. However, I think that each person has an ideal eating schedule that enables them to get the best sleep. That in turn can then have impact on weight loss (everyone here at Spark has figured out that more sleep hours = lower weigh-ins in the morning). So, for Yojulez, eating later may help her sleep better, whereas for me I have to eat earlier but not too early as to go to bed with a growling stomach.

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1/29/13 12:27 P

Funny, I lost plenty of weight (and am still losing a half pound a week without even really trying that hard) and I eat a lateish lunch (1-2pm), and a late dinner (8-9pm). I generally don't snack after dinner since I go to bed at around 1030 or 11. I also eat a very very small "breakfast" of 250 calories or less around 9am when I get to work. I snack later in the morning, and around 4-5pm, but the bulk of my calories are spent on lunch and dinner.

Based on my own personal experience, I maintain that the time of day that you eat has nothing to do with how much weight you'll lose. Eat a decent diet, stick to your calorie ranges, and it'll happen.

DADOFSPARKGAL Posts: 453
1/29/13 11:54 A

A new study (I heard it on the radio this morning and then found it on the internet as well) says that eating your biggest meal earlier in the day can make a difference in how much weight you lose...

More from USA Today here: Dieters have long been told not to eat too many calories late in the day.

Now, a new study suggests that dieters who eat lunch early lose more weight than those who eat a late lunch.

"We should start to consider meal timing in addition to calories and meal composition when thinking about weight loss," says the study's senior author Frank Scheer, an associate neuroscientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

To come to this conclusion, Scheer and researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain and Tufts University in Boston, studied 420 overweight and obese people who participated in a 20-week weight-loss program in Spain.

The mid-day meal is often the biggest one of the day in this Mediterranean culture. Participants consumed about 40% of their daily calories (roughly 550 to 570) at lunch.

Half of the participants were considered early eaters because they had lunch before 3 p.m. Half were classified as late eaters because they had their mid-day meal after 3 p.m.

Overall, participants consumed an average of about 1,400 calories a day during the weight-loss program. There was no significant difference in caloric intake or energy expenditure between late lunch and early lunch eaters.

Among the findings reported Tuesday in the International Journal of Obesity:

-- Those who ate lunch earlier in the day lost an average of 22 pounds in 20 weeks; those who ate lunch later lost about 17 pounds.

-- The late eaters consumed fewer calories during breakfast and were more likely to skip breakfast than early eaters. (Dieters are often advised to eat breakfast.)

-- The late lunch eaters had lower insulin sensitivity, which is a risk factor for diabetes.

"We cannot directly translate these findings to Americans, but we would expect that a later dinner -- the main meal for most Americans -- might similarly impair weight loss, " Scheer says. "But research is required to test that."

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