Eating more in the morning and less in the evening would ultimately not help to lose weight!

Studies have shown that eating a large meal in the morning and having smaller meals afterwards helps with weight loss. Moreover, according to most of the most popular diets of recent years, eating the right amount at the right time would promote weight loss. However, a recent study seems to have invalidated this theory.

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This diet pattern is called “chrononutrition”. It is a mode of feeding that considers the biological clock. This scheme is based on the idea that each food is ingested differently depending on the time of ingestion. Meal times would be linked to the general state of health of each individual.

The logic behind this theory is understandable. Almost every cell in the body follows a circadian cycle. These clocks regulate the daily rhythms of most of our biological functions, including metabolism.

Meal times do not condition their assimilation

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen and Surrey conducted a study of healthy, but overweight people. They analyzed the relationship between the quantity of morning and evening meals and their effects on hunger.

Participants followed two diets for four weeks. A hearty breakfast and a light dinner and vice versa, with the same lunches. All participants followed both diets with the aim of compare the effect of eating habits in the same people. The researchers measured the participants’ metabolism by monitoring the number of calories they burned.

The results revealed that the weight and measurements of the energy use are the same for both types of meals. Daily blood glucose, insulin, or lipid levels were also similar.

Eating hearty in the morning reduces the feeling of hunger during the day

The study thus revealed that the way our body processes calories in the morning compared to the evening does not influence weight loss, contrary to what other studies have reported. The participants chose their meal times themselves. But that didn’t bring no difference. The time at which the most important meal is taken would therefore not influence weight loss.

The study found only one difference: the self-reported hunger pangs. Participants who ate more in the morning and less in the evening said they were less hungry. This method would allow people who want to lose weight to control their hunger and thus eat less.


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