Researchers suggest eating 750 calories for lunch to lose weight, in miracle study for those who love to go to lunch.
You pop the lid on your uber light quinoa salad or small pea soup, feeling great about yourself. Many of us make low calorie choices at lunch time and choose our larger meals for dinner to finish off the day (hello risotto, my old friend). However, new research suggests that eating your largest meal at lunchtime could yield a much better rate of weight loss.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition followed 80 overweight women for 12 weeks. All participants (aged between 18-45) were told to eat their biggest meal (50 per cent of their daily calorie intake) at either lunch or dinner. Their weight and BMI was recorded before and after the experiment.
Not only were the participants watching how many calories they ate at each time of the day, but they were also told to follow a high carb, low saturated fat diet. Around 60 per cent of their calories came from carbs, 17 per cent protein and 23 per cent from fat. Simultaneously, the subjects partook in brisk walking and other moderate exercise for an hour five days a week.
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The participants lost weight, even with the majority of their diet being carbs. However, another important discovery was that those who ate their biggest meal (750 calories for the average woman) at lunch lost more weight than those who ate it at dinner.
On average, the lunch feasters lost 13 pounds (just under six kilos) against the dinner eater’s 9.5 pounds (just over four kilos). The ‘lunchers’ also had a greater reduction in their BMI, and researchers attribute this is to their fasting insulin levels – the ‘lunchers’ had lower levels than those who were feasting at night. This thus meant that the ‘lunchers’ were able to avoid blood sugar spikes that cause hunger.
Perhaps we should be switching around our calorie intake – and maybe evern our meals completely – to drop that extra weight… so, risotto for breakfast, anyone?
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