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WHEN you eat matters

Monday, June 12, 2017

Some research has shown that dieters who eat most of their calories earlier in the day lose more weight than those who eat their big meal at the end of the day.

Just one study is mentioned below. (There are others mentioned in the article.)

The following is a direct quote of just one study cited in USNews & World Report by
Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian whose NYC-based clinical practice specializes in digestive disorders, celiac Disease, and food intolerances. Her personal blog,, focuses on healthy eating and gluten-free living.

"Take, for example, the small but fascinating 2013 study published in the journal Obesity, in which close to 100 overweight and obese women consumed an identical number of calories – 1,400 per day – for three months."

"One subset of these women had their calories front-loaded to the early part of day, with 700-calorie breakfasts, 500-calorie lunches and 200-calorie dinners."

"The remaining group of women followed the opposite pattern, consuming half their daily calories at dinner – which consisted of the identical 700-calorie meal the other participants ate for breakfast."

"The 700-calorie meal, moreover, always included a sweet dessert, such as a cookie or piece of cake. "

"Both groups of women lost weight, but the big-breakfast eaters lost significantly more weight (10 pounds more on average) and inches off their bellies (1.5 inches more on average) compared to the big dinner eaters – despite consuming the exact same number of total calories daily!"

"They also had greater improvements in metabolic health markers, such as insulin levels and triglycerides, compared to the big dinner eaters. "

"While this study's implications are limited by the fact that it was small, included only women and lasted a relatively short period of time, its findings nonetheless provide some pretty clear support to the hypothesis that the timing of our calorie intake matters in addition to the amount of our calorie intake. Or – that when we eat matters, too."
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    I read that study, but I like to eat three meals of about the same size. And I don't eat desserts.
    520 days ago
    I follow in my friend SUSANNAH31's footsteps. I load more calories in a late morning breakfast, have a similarly loaded lunch the very little dinner. I don't like going to bed with food in my stomach; avoiding possible reflux symptoms.

    521 days ago
    That's good. I usually front load my calories, too.
    521 days ago
    521 days ago
    I respect the opinion of my SP friend, Morticia. (And I do agree that it was odd that people ate dessert at the large breakfast meal.)

    I do know that I, personally, do not like eating a late dinner.

    In fact, if I had my way, I would have only two meals: breakfast in the early morning, and then a second meal around 3 or 3:30.

    Depending on how many calories are used up in the meals, I might sometimes have a sweet at the end of the day. If there are no calories left, I have a cup of tea.

    521 days ago
    I agree with Jeanknee. Personally I don't believe in one-size fits all diets. They don't exist. Just ask any dialysis patient. LOL. But I firmly believe in personal experimentation under a physician's oversight, to see if diets like this might work for certain individuals. This would be something that people who love breakfast and are highly active early in the day should give a try. I tried something similar to this years ago and it completely bombed on me. I didn't like breakfast at all and never ate it when I was fit, trim, and highly active so I'm not sure why I thought this was something for me. I tried eating a healthy breakfast in a normal calorie range. No dessert, cookies, and cake for breakfast though like this study - yikes - am I the only one that thinks that eating dessert for breakfast is crazy? With my attempt, I gained weight and wanted to eat all day long. Eating 700 calories when I first get up would be nearly impossible for me. I think forcing myself to eat when I'm not hungry and not eating when I am is a bad idea. I have friends with cast iron stomach who can eat raw onions, garlic, or doughnuts for breakfast. Certainly not something my gut, hypoglycemia, or celiac disease could handle. I have tried intermittent fasting though and it did work for me. I have read lots of info on the reasons it works but I am cautious in accepting them and doubt that it would work for everyone.

    Frankly, I am always skeptical, as are most good science majors, so I don't trust most of this kind of info. There are just as many "scientific" studies now that say that breakfast is not at all necessary. Almost half of all of these studies can't be recreated and this sample is such a small amount as to be insignificant. Practically no one is using the scientific method any more and I hate that. Articles often leave me with more questions than answers. Who are the people who did this study? What are their credentials? Who funded them? I tried pulling up some info on them, peer reviews, etc. and it was painstaking. I usually just came up with more articles. My colleagues should all be doing a better job.

    521 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2017 3:03:06 PM
    emoticon i love big breakfasts
    521 days ago
    Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day!
    521 days ago
    Seems to work for me. The ol' experiment of one!
    521 days ago
    Great info! Thanks for sharing. 😊👍🏻
    522 days ago
    That is interesting. Not sure that I like it, as I am more of a late morning, late night kind of person.
    522 days ago
    Think I read about that study too. I know, for me, meal timing can impact inflammation levels in my body. When I eat matters. For others, it may be different.
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