Think about not just what you eat but when
Nutritionists and diet book authors focus, by and large, on the food we eat. And rightly so: When it comes to losing weight, what we put in our bodies is a crucial factor. But when we choose to eat that food also has an impact on how our bodies will process it.
“It sounds too good to be true, but studies show that eating meals and snacks at the right time of day may be a simple yet critical strategy for weight loss success,” says Susan Rodder, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern.
In a 2013 study from Spain, where lunch is the main daily meal, women in a 20-week weight loss program were categorized into two groups: early eaters (those who ate lunch before 3 p.m.) and late eaters (those who ate lunch after 3 p.m.).
Researchers found that despite the similarities between the women’s diets and daily routines, the women who ate earlier in the day lost more weight and experienced faster weight loss than those who ate later in the day.