However, as our understanding of nutrition has evolved, we have learned that eating early in the day may be more beneficial for losing pounds, while later eating may affect weight loss – for more than one reason.
On the one hand, dinner often involves nonsensical nibbling in the evening. Think about how many times you caught a handful of pretzels, fries, or M & Ms at night when watching TV or Netflix. Evenings can also be filled with unstructured time, which means that food can fill a "gap"; If you get bored, you can easily enjoy high-fat, sugary foods if you do not need to focus on other tasks such as work or errands.
And then there is the fact that more research has shown how our body reacts to front-loading calories during our waking hours, rather than consuming them later.
It is the complex science of circadian rhythms ̵
The study included 420 overweight and obese participants who were divided into two groups: prematurely and late eaters. The early eaters ate lunch before 3:00 pm and the late eaters ate lunch after 3:00 pm. The late midday meal also ate lower calorie breakfast or left breakfast more often than the early eaters.
At the end of the 20-week study period, late eaters lost less weight (17 vs. 22) than earlier eaters and decreased more slowly, although both groups consumed about 1,400 calories per day and similar amounts of fat, Protein and carbohydrates.
Lisa Drayer is a nutritionist, author, and CNN employee on health and nutrition.