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Eat before 3pm?

I think there are very few people who are absolutely free from weight issues. Most of us try to lose some kilos here and there, however I see there is a sizeable number of people who are dying to steal some from ‘most of us’.

I ran into this article on abc.es and to me it is depressing. I’ve heard about the infamous ‘nothing after 6pm’ diet but ‘nothing after 3pm’ is way too harsh! No matter how much you eat before 3pm, you will get hungry at night. Nights are too long and boring to refrain from all the goodies.

From my experiences, eating less is the only sure-fire way to win the battle of weight loss. Doing regular exercises makes your body toned and firm ‘after eating less’, but it alone doesn’t help much. As for what to eat, I feel a lot less bloated if I don’t eat much of carbs (rice, bread, potatoes etc) and sweet fruits (no no to oranges).

I’m starving and it’s already 5.30pm, well past 3pm!

***This is how this study was conducted. To reach these conclusions, the researchers studied 420 overweight persons who followed a 20-week treatment in Spain for weight loss. Participants were divided into two groups: those who ate before three and they did later. The timing of the day was lunch, as it is at this meal where you eat 40% of total daily calories. They found that those who eat later than three p.m. lost significantly less weight than those who ate soon. Those who ate later also had sensitivity to insulin estimated lower, a risk factor for diabetes. Other curious facts from this study is that the time for the other meals (breakfast and dinner) did not play a decisive role in the success of a weight loss program. In fact, late diners ate fewer calories at breakfast and were more likely to skip it, and yet the least weight were lost.***

This is a ‘wow’ research for Spaniards as it is normal for them to eat lunch after 3pm. However, the rest of us who tend to eat lunch before 3pm..what shall we do?! We’re already losing weight- supposedely-, right?

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2 thoughts on “Eat before 3pm?

  1. Would you feel better if it was just no starchy or sweet carbs after 3:00 pm? That’s what I’m told by my diet guru. Mind you, I’m not sure how to accommodate even that, as our big meal is in the evening. I think all it means is that you’ll lose faster if you follow this regime. I’m losing fast enough as is, so I’m happy :)

  2. Yes but I don’t know. I’m cutting down lots of white stuff at night and I am already feeling better. Congrats on your success!!!

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