Eating breakfast before a particular time of day can boost weight loss, it has been discovered.
This is because it kick-starts genes linked to slimming down.
An Israeli study discovered eating before 9.30am improves the expression of genes that help people lose weight.
It also improves blood glucose and insulin levels, which could help prevent type 2 diabetes.
Writing in the published research, study author Daniela Jakubowicz, from Tel Aviv University, said: “When breakfast is skipped, genes related to weight loss are less expressed, leading to blood sugar spikes that can cause weight gain regardless of what people eat for the remainder of the day.
“Proper meal timing – such as consuming breakfast before 9:30am – could lead to an improvement of the entire metabolism of the body, facilitate weight loss, and delay complications associated with type 2 diabetes and other age-related disorders.”
Researchers from TAU and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem analysed 36 volunteers.
Half of these were obese, and all of them suffered from diabetes.
Participants ate breakfast and lunch on day one, and just lunch on day two.
Blood tests were taken on both days to measure their internal body clock genes, glucose levels, and insulin levels.
Results showed eating…