Nutrition Hot Topic: Lunchtime

30 Jan

Lunchtime, though it sounds juvenile, is actually one of the most important times of day. No longer (for most of us) followed by recess or down time, the lunchtime break offers something to look forward to during the day…a much-needed break. We can wish we lived in Italy or Spain or France and enjoyed a two-hour mid-day break which included a slow-simmered sauce abed pillows of hand-made ravioli, followed by a large salad and maybe some cheeses. I realize that is not our reality…I’m getting to the point, I promise.


This post, unlike its predecessors, is to bring your awareness to a nutritional hot topic this week. I first saw this posted on Twitter, of course, but soon it went viral and was picked up by everything from local news to main cable channels! Thanks to a study published in the Journal of Obesity, it turns out that people who ate lunch earlier in the day, making it their main meal, not only lost more weight than their counterparts, but also demonstrated better insulin sensitivity, which is an indicator of pre-type 2 diabetes.While this is an observational study and “more research is needed” as always, it may give people some pause (especially those struggling with weight loss and/or type 2 diabetes). The study also found that those study participants who ate a late meal, ended up skipping breakfast the following day. This kind of behavior sets you up for failure 9 times out of 10. Dietitians are notorious riders of the breakfast bandwagon, so anything that evens out mealtimes for the better, we are fans of. Even by shifting dining priorities so that more calories are being eaten before the 3pm hour, you are setting yourself up for success. So, bottom line, think about enjoying more food throughout the day, instead of “saving” it until the end of the day. Doesn’t it make more sense to eat more during the day, and use the energy that the food provides us? It is much more fun to have energy than not.

To read more about the study, click here.

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One Response to “Nutrition Hot Topic: Lunchtime”

  1. deborah rathfon January 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    this was very interesting and fun to read…..:)

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