Eat early

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Thanks to that late brunch on a lazy va­cay morn­ing, it’s eas­ier to eat meals later than usual. But that sched­ule isn’t do­ing you any favours, ac­cord­ing to a study in the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal of Obe­sity that tracked 420 obese peo­ple dur­ing a 20-week weight-loss pro­gram. The study sub­jects fol­lowed a Mediter­ranean diet, so lunch was their main meal. Those who ate their main meal early (be­fore 3 pm) lost al­most five more pounds than those who had their main meal late (af­ter 3 pm)—even though both groups con­sumed the same num­ber of calo­ries and ex­er­cised the same amount. The re­searchers aren’t sure why this hap­pened, but one the­ory is that eat­ing later can in­flu­ence cir­ca­dian rhythms that af­fect me­tab­o­lism. Reg­is­tered di­eti­tian and nu­tri­tion­ist, Ja­nis Jib­rin, who is also the au­thor of The Pesc­etar­ian Plan, rec­om­mends eat­ing lunch be­tween noon and 1pm, hav­ing a midafter­noon snack, and eat­ing din­ner no later than 7pm.

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