Dieters might lose more weight if their main meal were lunch instead of dinner.
Scientists randomly assigned 80 overweight or obese women aged 18 to 45 to eat either half their daily calories at lunch and 20 percent at dinner or vice versa. The women were told to get 15 percent of their calories each at breakfast and as snacks. They were also told to cut their calories and fat intake, to eat at least 14 ounces of fruits and vegetables a day, and to work toward an hour of exercise five days a week.
After 3 months, the “big lunch” group had lost nearly 12 1/2 pounds, while the “big dinner” group had lost about 9 1/2 pounds. Insulin resistance fell more in the big lunch group, which could have been due to their greater weight loss.
What to do: If you’re trying to lose weight, try eating you main meal at lunch instead of dinner. But don’t assume that you’ll burn more calories that way. A bigger lunch may simply help people stick to their diets, say the authors.
Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter November 2016
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