From diet plans to boot camps, there’s plenty of things to try when it comes to trying to lose weight.
For long-term weight loss, it’s widely recommended that slimmers up their exercise, as well as attempting to cut down the amount of unhealthy foods they are eating.
While some people often end up ditching breakfast in an attempt to save time in the morning, it is said to be the most important meal of the day.
And, a study has shown that consuming a larger breakfast could actually make a dieter’s weight loss more efficient.
According to Israeli research published in the journal Obesity, opting for a higher calorie breakfast and lower calorie evening meal could mean you shed the pounds faster.
The study, which was published in Women’s Health Magazine back in 2013, took place over 12 weeks.
It looked at 74 overweight or obese women eating a daily diet of 1,400 calories – of which all respondents consumed identical amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
The women were divided into two groups, with the first eating 700 calories for breakfast – which included a chocolate bar – as well as 500 calories at lunch, and 200 calories at dinner.
Meanwhile, the other group ingested a 200-calorie breakfast, 500 calories at lunch, and 700 calories for their evening meal.
After 12 weeks, the study showed the low-calorie diets had led both groups to have shed the pounds.
But, the group who ate a larger meal in the morning, had lost two and a half times more weight than those who had enjoyed a larger dinner.
The results also showed the same group had shed 4.6 more inches from their waists, compared to the latter group.
Experts also said those who had had a larger breakfast, had slightly – but significantly – lower levels of bad cholesterol.
They also had a slight yet significant increase of “good” HDL cholesterol.
Meanwhile, hunger levels decreased for big-breakfast eaters, as well as improved satisfaction – which was opposite to the other group.
Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Daniela Jakubowicz M.D, who led the study, said previous research suggests a metabolism works more efficiently earlier in the day.
This means that a person’s body is less likely to store up food as fat when it is consumed in the morning.
However, while a high-calorie breakfast may boost the impact of weight loss, it’s important to remember the respondents were following a relatively balanced diet.
According to another study from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which was published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, slimmers should ideally eat between 7.30am and 9am.