February 7th, 2013 by Will Humble Leave a reply »

Does when you eat make a difference in how much you weigh? A new study in the International Journal of Obesity indicates eating late may make it less likely you will lose weight as quickly. The five-month study was done in Spain and included 420 people in a weight loss program using the Mediterranean Diet. People in the study were grouped into early-eaters and late-eaters (lunch before/after 3pm). The late-lunch eaters lost less weight even though their calorie intake and other factors (like amount of sleep) were similar in the two groups. 

Does this mean you should eat your big meal earlier in the day? Maybe and maybe not.  Remember, the people in the study were in a supervised weight loss program and eating a diet rich in good-for-you fats (like olive oil) and with lots of fruits and vegetables. For you, a good place to start is taking a look at how much and when you eat along with how much physical activity you get each day. Try out the Choose MyPlateSupertracker. It’s a great tool to use to track your progress on eating healthy and moving more. You can switch up the size and timing of when you eat and see if being an “early-eater” makes a difference for you.



  1. Robin Haward says:

    If you want to keep your body fit and healthy, it entails you to become disciplined in yourself and that is eating the right foods such as fruits and vegetables and having some protein too like meats for some time. In addition, aside from the food we eat we must also have plenty of rest .A total healthy lifestyle to have a healthy life too.

  2. Amanda Lynne says:

    I once heard that the best way to eat is to “Eat breakfast like a king/queen, eat lunch like a duke/duchess, and eat dinner like a peasant,” because your body can metabolize rich calories all day when they are consumed in the morning. But if you eat large meals at night, when you go to sleep, your metabolism slows, and doesn’t burn up the calories from the late night food you’ve consumed.

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