When life is horrendously busy, it’s easy to realise now and then that you’ve forgotten to eat your lunch. But at least all that means is consuming fewer calories, right?
Wrong. According to a study at King’s College London and the University of São Paulo, how you eat could be affecting your health as much as what you eat.
The study found there could be a link between irregular eating and meal-skipping, and an increased risk of metabolic syndrome - which includes obesity, type two diabetes and high blood pressure.
The researchers have now called for more studies into ‘chrono-nutrition’ - the idea that eating foods at certain times of day to give your body the right energy levels, and to prevent it from storing excess fat.
“Whilst we have a much better understanding today of what we should be eating, we are left with the question as to which meal should provide us with the most energy,” study co-author Dr Gerda Pot told Glamour.
"Although the evidence suggests eating more calories later in the evening is associated with obesity, we are still far from understanding whether our energy intake should be distributed equally across the day or whether breakfast should contribute the greatest proportion of energy."
These guys are onto something - and we really, really want to know more.
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