What Time You Eat Could Be Important When Trying To Lose Weight

diet timeDieters, apparently not only do you have to be careful what you’re putting in your mouth, but when you’re putting things in your mouth. Researchers think they may have found the best times of day to eat if you want to lose weight.

Surprise, surprise, the revelations came from a survey conducted by a diet company called Forza Supplements. They asked 1,000 “slimmers” about the best times to eat in order to maximize their slimming, er, weight loss.

Here is some of their results:

  • 84% of dieters think committing to strict mealtimes is critical for people trying to lose weight
  • 76% believe the old notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that consuming breakfast aids in cutting calories throughout the day.
  • 75% of participants claim to have benefited from never skipping a light lunch.
  • Two-thirds suggest dinner should be eaten before 7pm
  • 72% said that it’s crucial “not to exceed their lunchtime calorie intake at dinner” and to have an even spread of caloric intake throughout the day.
  • 56% of the surveyed said they ate the most calories between 6pm and 10pm, that’s when their diets went awry
  • 54% said they ate more than half of their daily calories between those 6pm-10pm hours
  • 62% broke their diets most when snacking around 8pm in front of the television
  • ‘We found that the optimum times were 7.11am for breakfast, 12.38pm for lunch and 6.14pm for dinner but obviously no one is going to stick to those times rigidly
  • 6 out of 10 slimmers say that skipping meals made losing weight more challenging

Based on their findings, here are the best times to eat from Forza Supplements managing director Lee Smith himself, emphasis mine:

“We found that the optimum times were 7.11am for breakfast, 12.38pm for lunch and 6.14pm for dinner but obviously no one is going to stick to those times rigidly.”

Smith suggests eating low-fat snacks in the late morning or mid-afternoon if you are hungry between the meals you should never ever skip because missing meals:

“[J]ust makes you hungrier and more likely to over-indulge in later meals – causing a surge in blood sugar…What you need to do is ease your body into a more consistent blood-sugar pattern by eating three meals a day of between 400 and 600 calories.”

Though I’m not sure if it’s practical to strictly schedule your mealtimes, the rest of the information seems pretty logical: don’t starve yourself all day, don’t eat mindlessly, plan ahead, don’t eat a lot before bedtime when you don’t plan on burning off the calories you consume.

Do you find that eating breakfast at 7:11 am sharp helps you lose weight?

via The Daily Mail//Image via Shutterstock

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      okay. the specific times are super weird, however, I do find that the spacing between each meal is important–roughly 5hrs ish from breakfast to lunch and then again lunch to dinner.

    • Kaitlin Reilly

      I’m guessing that those are rough estimates. Personally I think it has more to do when you’re the most active. For me, if I wake up at, say, 6 AM, and eat at 7AM, awesome. But if I’m not really active in the morning, I can hold off on lunch til later. And if I sleep in on the weekend I usually end up skipping out on breakfast entirely. (But hopefully there will be brunch!)