February 10, 2013

Calories In Calories Out....Not

Calories In Calories Out…Not

For years we have told people that weight loss is a simple formula; you must take in less than what you burn.  However, research is showing that it is not quite that simple.  A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity found that when you eat can be a big factor in helping or hindering weight loss. 
Common wisdom has railed that a calorie is a calorie, and that when you eat is not as important as what you eat.  We have long known that late in the day eaters tend to weigh more, however, that was attributed to the theory that those who eat late at night are eating more calories, and especially junk calories.  However, a recent study (that controlled for factors such as energy expenditure, energy intake, and sleep) found that the late eaters lost less weight and had a slower weight loss than those who ate earlier in the day.  Breakfast eaters weigh less than those who skip; this study gives credence to the oft-repeated advice to eat a healthy breakfast.
Avoid self-sabotage and eat most of your calories earlier in the day.  At the very least you will have more energy, and you may found the pounds come (or stay) off easier.

International Journal of Obesity , (29 January 2013) | doi:10.1038/ijo.2012.229M

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