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Timing of meals may affect successful weight loss

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CNN - Losing weight may not be just about what you eat, but when you eat it.

Participants in a new study who ate a bigger meal later in the day lost less weight than those who ate earlier.

The study, conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, followed 420 people during a 20-week weight loss program.  They conducted the research in Spain, where lunch is often eaten later in the day and is typically the biggest meal of the day.

The participants who ate lunch before 3:00 p.m. lost 25 percent more weight than those who ate after 3:00 p.m.

"Researchers found that timing of the other (smaller) meals did not play a role in the success of weight loss," reads a report by the researchers.  "However, the late eaters—who lost less weight—also consumed fewer calories during breakfast and were more likely to skip breakfast altogether."

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