In today's Healthier Me, a new study by Harvard researchers suggests that when you eat is as important as what you eat if you're trying to lose weight.
The study followed a group of people enrolled in a weight loss program in Spain, where the largest meal of the day is typically eaten at lunch. Although everyone ate the same number of calories, those who had lunch before 3pm lost an average of 22 pounds in 20 weeks, while late-lunchers lost only 17 pounds.
That means Americans who eat dinner later in the evening may have a harder time losing weight.
Why the difference? Researchers believe the body may process glucose differently throughout the day, and when you eat may also affect your liver function and fat cells.