When you think of your typical meal times generally the same ones always come to mind 8 a.m. (maybe a bit earlier), 12 p.m., and 6 p.m. – of course with the occasional snacks in between and before bed! However, a new small study might have you switching up your meal schedule a bit…especially if your New Year’s resolution was to shed a few pounds!
Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama, Courtney Peterson, says that based on her recent study condensing your meal times into a smaller window might be beneficial to losing weight and burning fat. Although more research is needed, Courtney points out that the results of her study suggest consuming the majority of your calories earlier in the day could lead to a higher level of fat being burned off. The study asked participants to try to have their daily meals finished by 2 p.m. while other participants were given until 8 p.m. to consume the same amount of food. She found that the earlier eaters burned about 6% more fat and had more balanced hunger levels throughout the day than the late eaters.
Of course just because you could possibly burn more fat this way, it doesn’t mean you should test it by also loading up on more food…moderation is always key!
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