If you are looking to shed a few pounds, you might want to front-load your days with meals.
According to a study published in Obesity magazine, researchers took 93 obese women and divided them into two groups, assigning each group a 12-week diet plan consuming 1400 calories per day.
One group ate a breakfast that totaled 700 calories, a lunch of 500, and 200 for dinner.
Group 2 did a complete reversal and consumed 200 calories at breakfast, 500 for lunch, and 700 for dinner.
The 700 calorie meal included foods like cakes and cookies, even when they were served for breakfast.
Upon completion of the 12 weeks, Group 1 had lost an average of 17.8 pounds and 3 inches off their waistlines, while Group 2 saw only a 7.3 pound weight loss and took off 1.4 inches.
Molly Gee is a registered dietician in Houston. “First of all I want to set the record straight that there is no magic formula that will guarantee weight-loss in regard to when and what you eat. This study was interesting in that people who had more calories at breakfast seemed to be satisfied more throughout the day and as a consequence seemed to lose more weight. This really supports information through the National Weight Loss Registry which really emphasizes the importance of eating breakfast.”