If you’ve tried to lose weight, you may have tried the old diet of “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
The idea is that you eat the bulk of your food earlier in the day, which some have linked to lower rates of obesity and shedding extra pounds.
But a new study reveals that eating like this isn’t a way to blast fat.
Scottish researchers have discovered that the time you eat actually has no effect on weight loss.
They found that metabolism burns as many calories in the evening as it does in the morning.
The only benefit of eating more in the morning is that you become less hungry later in the day, which could mean you snack less, researchers said.
The research, published in Cell, controlled the diets of 16 men and 14 women over four weeks to see how their weight was affected depending on what time of day they ate the most calories.
Everyone was given the same healthy diet, but half were forced to eat the majority of calories at breakfast time, and the other half at dinner.
After two weeks, everyone swapped, so the people who had eaten most of their calories in the morning now eat them later in the day, and vice versa.
The researchers, from the University of Aberdeen, discovered that the time of day when people eat the most calories does not affect the amount of weight lost.
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Everyone in the study lost the same amount of weight during each of the four weeks, indicating that their metabolism burns about the same amount of energy in the morning as the evening.
The study’s lead author, Professor Alexandra Johnston, added that participants felt that their appetites were “better controlled” on the days when they ate a larger breakfast and that they “felt full throughout the day”.
“This could be very useful in a real-world environment,” she explained.
How to lose weight fast
According to the NHS, to get the best possible start to their weight loss plan, there are 12 steps you should follow:
1. Don’t miss breakfast
2. Eat regular meals
3. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
4. Be more active
5. Drink plenty of water
6. Eat foods rich in fiber
7. Read food labels
8. Use a smaller plate
9. Don’t Ban Food
10. Don’t stock up on junk food
11. Cut down on alcohol
12. Plan your meals
However, Professor Johnston added that when it comes to “timing and dieting”, it is “unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all diet”.
“Discovering this will be the future of diet studies, but it is very difficult to measure,” she explained.
Losing weight varies from person to person, but the only method that works across the board is with a calorie deficit.
A calorie deficit occurs when you consume fewer calories than you consume in a day.
Everything you eat and drink brings calories into your body as it is digested and absorbed.
Your body uses calories to maintain your organs, healthy tissues, breathing, heartbeat, and every movement you make.
If you are concerned about your weight, it is worth talking to your doctor about how to change your weight in a healthy way.
Meanwhile, scientists may have discovered how to stop cravings for fatty foods — offering hope for new treatments for obesity and binge eating.
By “turning off” the neurons that connect the brain to the gut, the experts were able to prevent mice from craving fatty foods.
That’s because it’s the gut that drives our desire for high-fat foods — not necessarily the taste themselves — researchers found.
Last week, a leading expert revealed the foods you should avoid at breakfast — and his go-to.
Dr. Michael Mosley revealed that skinny people should start their day with eggs, as he himself does.
However, processed meats should be eaten “in moderation” and “in small amounts,” Dr. Michael said.
Dr. Michael warned that the worst option for someone trying to lose weight is the pill.
These are “loaded with sugar,” he said.
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