Early lunch means more weight loss
Taking late lunches may be thwarting your efforts to lose weight. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people who ate their main meal later in the day lost less weight than people who ate most of their calories earlier in the day.
The study looked at the eating habits of 420 overweight people in Spain who took part in a 20-week weight loss program. In Mediterranean countries, people consume about 40 percent of their daily calories at lunch. Those in the study who ate lunch earlier in the day lost significantly more weight much faster than those who ate lunch later in the day. There was no significant difference in the amount of calories eaten between the early lunch eaters and the late lunch eaters. The timing of their other meals, which were much smaller, also did not seem to have a significant impact on the pace or amount of weight loss.
It’s important to note that people in Mediterranean cultures typically do not consume calories outside of meals. In the United States, we consume about 25 percent of our total calories through snacks between meals.