LANAHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, and dine like a pauper at suppertime. Many doctors recommend making your first daily meal your biggest, and a new study in the journal Obesity provides some convincing proof to back up that advice.
A group of 93 obese women were restricted to a 1400 calorie per day diet for three months. Half of them consumed 700 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch, and the remaining 200 at dinner. The other half of the group made breakfast their light meal of the day and made dinner their 700 calorie meal.
At the end of the trial, each of the women who ate the big breakfasts lost an average of nearly 18 pounds and trimmed their waistlines by three inches. The big dinner group were a little over 7 pounds lighter and lost less than one-and-a-half inches on their waists.
University of Tel Aviv researcher Prof. Daniela Jakubowicz explains that our bodies’ circadian rhythms have a profound effect on our metabolisms. The time of day we eat has an impact on how much weight we can lose, when dieting.
The study also found that insulin, triglyceride and glucose levels in the big breakfast group were much lower than levels in the group that had a big evening meal. In fact, Jacubowicz found that triglyceride levels rose in the big dinner group, even among women who were losing weight.
So in addition to making breakfast the high calorie meal for weight loss, there is another take-home message: end midnight snacking. Late night snacks add pounds and raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.