Contains discussion of weight loss.
So I’ve been seeing variants of this story for the past day or so — that people who consume the bulk of their calories earlier in the day lose more weight than do people who consume more of their calories later.
I’m not disputing the study or that the difference between groups was statistically significant. (Now with ~25% less fatness!) I have thoughts, but I’m sure others will tackle that.
I am, however, peeved by the way it’s being reported. The linked article, for example, had a teaser line that read, “When you have lunch could make you fat.” And the article itself quotes “an important 5-pound difference.”
I know a lot of people — fat people, thin people, large people, small people, people who have tried to lose weight repeatedly, people who have seldom or never tried weight loss, people who think weight loss is important and admirable, people who are indifferent, people who are apt to regard weight loss with suspicion.
Now it may be that my sample is biased, but none of them would regard 5 pounds as the difference between “fat” and not.
I mean, if it is — Lack of PMS Bloating an Important Factor in Weight Loss! Or — Is Your Full Bladder Making You Fat?