Eating a big breakfast will help you keep your weight under control.
Those who eat their largest meal at breakfast are far more likely to lose weight and waist line circumference than those who eat a large dinner.
Peculiarly at study at Tel Aviv University has also found that people eating a dessert item with a big breakfast also had significantly lower levels of insulin, glucose and triglycerides throughout the day.
This translates into a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The result indicated that proper meal timing can make an important contribution towards managing obesity and promoting an overall healthy lifestyle.
The study of 93 obese women were put on a calorie controlled diet of 1,400 calories a day.
One group ate 700 of their calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner.
The other group at a 200 calorie breakfast, 500 calorie lunch and 700 calorie dinner.
The 700 calorie breakfast and dinner included the same food.
By the end of the study, participants in the “big breakfast” group had lost an average of 17.8 pounds each and three inches off their waist line.
The second group lost 7.3 pounds and 1.4 inch off their waists.
The big breakfast group were found to have significantly lower levels of the hunger-regulating hormone ghrelin, an indication that they were more satiated and had less desire for snacking later in the day.
The big breakfast group also showed a more significant decrease in insulin, glucose, and triglyceride levels than those in the big dinner group.
More importantly, they did not experience the high spikes in blood glucose levels that typically occur after a meal.
Peaks in blood sugar levels are considered even more harmful than sustained high blood glucose levels, leading to high blood pressure and greater strain on the heart.
These findings suggest that eating the right foods at the wrong times can not only slow down weight loss, it can also be harmful. In their study, the researchers found that those in the big dinner group actually increased their levels of triglycerides — a type of fat found in the body — despite their weight loss.
The team recommends an end to late night snacking and mindless eating in front of the computer or television, especially in the late evening hours.
The study is published in the journal Obesity