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Can eating earlier help you lose weight?

Do the calories you consume earlier in the day cause you to put on less weight than those you consume later on? That’s long been a matter of debate, but new research suggests that meal timing may play a role in determining a person’s body weight.

Researchers from Boston and Spain gave 420 overweight Spaniards a Mediterranean-style eating plan -- based on fresh produce, legumes, fish, and whole grains -- to help them lose weight; after 20 weeks, they found that those who ate their biggest meal earlier in the day lost about 25 percent more weight than those who ate it later in the day, according to the study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

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