Julie Nam, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students, guest blogs again!:
For those who seek weight loss in order to acquire a healthy weight, the timing of meals seems to impact their progress. Often, when people diet, they focus on the amount of calories they eat rather than on the time of day they eat. A recent study found that the timing of meals have a significant influence in weight loss. One group ate their main meal, lunch, before 3 p.m. and the second group ate their meal after 3 p.m. The two groups had similar caloric intakes, energy expenditures, and sleep. Researchers found that compared to the early-eaters, the late-eaters lost less weight and revealed a lower insulin sensitivity, a risk factor for diabetes type 2. These findings suggest that when dieters eat is an important contributor for effective weight loss.