Changes in breakfast and dinner timings can reduce body fat

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Could the timing of your breakfast and dinner help you eat less and lose body fat?

- Participants' meal times remained the same.

Unlike other studies, participants could eat anything they would normally eat - no restrictions were applied other than the time of the meal.

The authors found that the participants who changed their meal times lost more fat.

Researchers found that people who shifted their mealtimes dropped on Average over two times as much body fat as people from the control group, who ate their foods as ordinary. Participants were required to provide blood samples and complete diet diaries before and during the 10-week intervention and complete a feedback questionnaire immediately after the study.

"This is really important as it emphasizes how important it is for dietary changes to fit with people's lives in the real world", Johnston said.

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The idea behind the study was to check for potential health benefits of time restricted feeding. They also reported that they snacked less, especially in the evenings. It is now uncertain whether the longer fasting period undertaken by this group was also a contributing factor to this reduction in body fat. If you have dinner one hour earlier and breakfast one hour later, you are fasting for two hours longer.

About 57 percent of participants told researchers they could not have maintained the new meal times long-term, because they were incompatible with family and social life. They said they couldn't do this due to their incompatibility with social and family life. If the findings of a most recent study are considered, the timings at which people take their breakfast may likewise affect their weight loss potentially.

"Though this study is modest, it's provided us with valuable Insight into just how minor adjustments to our daily meal times may have advantages to our own bodies".

"Time-restricted feeding may have benefits, but could be hard to stick to, so larger trials testing effectiveness as well as feasibility of different schedules are needed", said Carnell, who is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

"Reduction in body fat lessens our chances of developing obesity and related diseases, so is vital in improving our overall health", said Dr Johnston. "We, therefore, need to make sure they are flexible and conducive to real life, as the potential benefits of such diets are clear to see", Johnston noted.

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