If you’re trying to lose weight in a healthy way, you’ve probably made a few changes to the way you eat. Maybe you gave your fridge and pantry a makeover, tossing out all the cookies and chips and replacing them with more nutrient-rich options. You might be using a calorie tracker to give you more awareness of how much you’re consuming. Maybe you’re paying more attention to portion sizes now. But have you thought about changing the time you eat dinner?
Many people believe that all that matters for weight loss is consuming fewer calories than you burn. But scientific studies are showing that there is more to it than that—and what time you eat could make a difference. Curious as to how? Here, registered dietitians explain the connection between meal timing and weight loss. Plus, find out what the best time to eat dinner is if you’re trying to lose weight.
How Are Meal Timing and Weight Loss Connected? When it comes to weight loss, Kendra Haire, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian and Noomcoach, says that what matters most is how many calories are being consumed, not what time you’re eating your meals. But weight loss is hard, so anything that can work at least a little in your favor is worth considering, right? Kimberly Weimann, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian based in Long Island, New York, says that meal timing can play a contributing factor in how quickly (or not) you lose weight.
Excerpted from Parade