Want to increase the odds that you'll lose more weight in a shorter amount of time? Eat your main meal before 3 p.m. and follow a Mediterranean diet, say researchers who conducted the newest weight loss study, reported Reuters on Jan. 29. It's a tasty prescription for winning that ongoing battle of the bulge. Get the skinny here.
"We should now seriously start to consider the timing of food - not just what we eat, but also when we eat," study co-author Frank Scheer explained. His Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston team instructed study participants to follow a Mediterranean diet. Each day, half of them ate lunch before 3 p.m., consuming 40 percent of their daily calories at their noon meal. The other half ate lunch after 3 p.m. Those who ate before 3 p.m. lost 22 pounds on average, while those who ate later lost an average of 17 pounds. To share their success, follow these steps:
- Change your food intake to resemble a Mediterranean diet. For an easy-to-follow, tasty guide, get the "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Mediterranean Diet" by clicking here. Add variety to your meals with one of the many cookbooks available, such as "The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life" (click here to buy now).
- Alter the timing of your meals by enjoying your main meal (40 percent of your total calorie intake) before 3 p.m. How that works: Dr. Yunsheng Ma, a nutrition researcher from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, told the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 29 that when you eat most of your food later in the day, you have undigested food in your stomach when you head to bed. The result: More food is stored as fat. Learn more about the pleasures and benefits of a Mediterranean diet with "The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: A Delicious Alternative for Lifelong Health."