'It's all about time' when beating obesity

31 January 2013

When it comes to the battle of the bulge, many people re-evaluate the kinds of food and drink they are consuming. However, there may be more to successfully losing weight than just changing your diet, a new study has suggested.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BHW) in Boston, USA, and the University of Murcia, Spain, have discovered that what time food and drink is consumed also plays an important part in the way a person's metabolism works.

Those who eat earlier in the day are more likely to lose weight than those who tuck into food late at night. An early lunch, for example is classed as 3pm, a late lunch is considered to be after this time.

"This is the first large-scale prospective study to demonstrate that the timing of meals predicts weight-loss effectiveness," said Frank Scheer, director of the Medical Chronobiology Program and associate neuroscientist at BWH and senior author on this study.

"Our results indicate that late eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less weight than early eaters, suggesting that the timing of large meals could be an important factor in a weight loss program."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Health News is provided by Adfero in collaboration with Spire Healthcare. Please note that all copy above is ©Adfero Ltd. and does not reflect views or opinions of Spire Healthcare unless explicitly stated. Additional comments on the page from individual Spire consultants do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of other consultants or Spire Healthcare.

Find a treatment, test or scan available at:


Find a consultant

Use one or more of the options below to search for a consultant and link through to view their Spire profile.


Let us help you

fill out this form and we will get back to you:

Please select a hospital

We can call you

Please enter your details below and we will call you back.

What is the aim of your enquiry?

Please select a hospital

If we are unable to reach you by phone, please include your email address so that we can get in touch...


Weight loss surgery

© Spire Healthcare Group plc (2016)