From cutting down on junk food to upping your exercise, there’s no shortage of ways to pursue weight loss results. While reducing one’s overall calorie intake is the overall aim, eating food is crucial in order to provide you with the energy you’ll need to carry out every day tasks as well as exercise. But can the time that you eat affect whether or not you slim? In a bid to clear up the matter, Harley Street registered nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert, has decided to bust some myths.
Whether its an effort for intermittent fasting or a way of reducing your intake of food, some slimmers decide not to eat after 6pm.
However, the idea that this could aid weight loss is a myth, according to Rhiannon.
“The reality is, eating different food groups at different times of the day does not matter,” she said.
“In terms of your health, it’s nutritional balance that’s key.”
In 2017, the NHS addressed a small US study involving 110 university students, which aimed to determine whether the time a person eats could affect their weight.
This study of a small sample size saw some participants consuming large calorific meals late in the evening having a higher body weight.
However, the NHS said this small study couldn’t be applied to everyone.
The website addresses previous evidence which suggests it could be of benefit to consume more of one’s daily intake of calories earlier in the day, due to the opportunities of being active later in the day.
They also advise that while it may not boost slimming, eating earlier in the day can prevent night-time indigestion.
Rhiannon also took a look at the idea that bread could prove to stand in the way of weight loss results.
It came after new research by the bread brand Burgen revealed that 54 per cent of Brits believe it could be “bad” for you.
She said: “Over the years, carbohydrates have been vilified, yet they are absolutely essential for a balanced diet.
“This is just one example that illustrates the confusion that is out there.
“It’s important to remember that everyone is different and will have a different lifestyle, energy expenditure and dietary needs. There is no one size that fits all.”
She also explained that bread, particularly wholemeal, brown and seeded bread, is considered a healthy choice to eat as part of a balanced diet.