The Straits Times
Published on Jan 30, 2013

Could an earlier lunchtime help you lose weight?


(REUTERS) - Want to lose weight? Eating lunch earlier rather than later may help you out.

Dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side, according to a Spanish study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

The finding doesn't prove that bumping up your lunch hour will help you shed that extra weight, but it is possible that eating times play a role in how the body regulates its weight, researchers said.

"We should now seriously start to consider the timing of food - not just what we eat, but also when we eat," said study co-author, Dr Frank Scheer from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.