So you cut down on your calories sticking to salads and healthy foods throughout the day just so that you can lose weight. But come dinner time and you indulge in a high-calorie meal thinking to yourself that you have already compensated by taking fewer calories early in the daytime. If you’re really conscious, you are probably even refraining from having a high-cal dinner. But dinner time for you is way too late.
Well, that’s exactly the blunder you are committing on your weight-loss journey that is topping you from achieving your goals. Now, you may feel that reducing your overall calorie intake should yield results. But you know what ladies? It isn’t about the amount of calories you consume.
According to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, when it comes to weight loss, the timing of your meals matters more than keeping a check on your calorie intake.
During the research, it was observed that the mice consuming a low-cal diet, who ate only during the day lost weight. However, the rodents who ate at night did not lose any weight despite consuming same amount of calories.
“Translated into human behaviour, these studies suggest that dieting will only be effective if calories are consumed during the daytime when we are awake and active. They further suggest that eating at the wrong time at night will not lead to weight loss even when dieting,” said Dr Joseph Takahashi, lead author of the study.
Researchers attribute this pattern to the fact that the timing of the meals can affect your circadian rhythms (your body’s 24-hour clock).
So ladies, if you really want to lose weight, having an early dinner is advisable.
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