Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

People Who Eat More in the Morning Eat Less Overall

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

People Who Eat More in the Morning Eat Less Overall

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Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, at least as far as reducing total food intake goes.

People who eat a higher proportion of their total daily food during the morning hours have a significantly lower total intake than those who eat more food later in the day, according to a study conducted by John M. de Castro, Ph.D., of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Dr. de Castro studied 867 individuals who completed detailed food diaries over a 7-day period.

To guard against inaccurate reporting, investigators asked two individuals who are with the participants to verify the reported intake (J. Nutr. 134[1]:104-11, 2004).

As expected, the subjects' total intake of food varied significantly throughout the day, with peaks in the morning and evening hours. Meal size increased throughout the day, while the interval between meals decreased.

This indicates that the subjects were less satiated by each successive meal as the day progressed. Meals eaten during the morning produced the greatest satiety, while meals eaten in the evening produced the least, he said. …

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