If you burn the candle at both ends, you might need to burn an extra 2300 kilojoules per day, too, according to research presented in Circulation – that’s equal to a large chocolate-chip muffin.
When should you eat your main meal?
People who ate the most at breakfast saw a significant drop in their body mass index (BMI) compared with those who ate the most at dinner, a study in the Journal of Nutrition found. Those who made lunch their largest meal dropped their BMI, too, but not as much as the big-breakfast eaters. The study also supports the effects of stopping eating earlier in the evening.
Compared with kilojoulecounting, 5:2 fasting is . . .
The 5:2 diet – restricting kilojoules to about 2400 for two nonconsecutive days and eating normally for the other five – works for the same reason as other eating plans: you’re burning more kilojoules than you consume. In a study in Nutrition & Dietetics, guys aged 55-75 lost about the same amount of weight on the 5:2 diet as those who cut 2400 kilojoules a day from average energy requirements.