Eat More Calories in the Morning than the Evening

Why are calories eaten in the morning less fattening than calories eaten in the evening?

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You thought dual benefits sounded good. Stay tuned—triple benefits are next! I’m going into more on circadian rhythms next with:

• How Circadian Rhythms Affect Blood Sugar Levels
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• How to Sync Your Central Circadian Clock to Your Peripheral Clocks
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• The Metabolic Harms of Night Shifts and Irregular Meals
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• Shedding Light on Shedding Weight
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• Why People Gain Weight in the Fall
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In the last few videos, I’ve been focusing on why the science points to loading your calories towards the beginning of the day:
• Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal for Weight Loss?
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• Is Skipping Breakfast Better for Weight Loss?
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• Chronobiology – How Circadian Rhythms Can Control Your Health and Weight
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• Eat More Calories in the Morning to Lose Weight
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• Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, Dinner Like a Pauper
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  • Joe O'Brien says:

    All very logical, well done Dr Greger. 😀

  • ooo789456123 says:

    Great video, simply exercise early in the morning, eat afterwards breakfast have another plant based lunch and drink only water or teas after 1pm. Weight comes off, no hunger after getting used to it (~1-2 weeks) 😀

    • Vagelis4VP says:

      The problem is i like to eat snacks in the evening while watching movies..or series.

    • ooo789456123 says:

      @Vagelis4VP I understand, but the distraction of the TV even reduces the enjoyment of the food. In the past it was like, “who finished all these snacks?”, I didn’t even realize that I ate them all.

    • Vagelis4VP says:

      @ooo789456123 lol.. the only bad i think is just to not eat too much… or too late at night.

    • Stop Big-Tech Monopolies says:

      I think that eating while watching tv or streaming causes me to eat more. I’m trying to eat at the dinner table without tv/computer/phone. Maybe if I focus on eating I’ll notice that I’m full and stop before I eat to much.

      I want to eliminate the association between watching and eating/snacking.

    • GodzillaGoesGaga says:

      @Vagelis 4VP, try eating whole carrots in the evening if you feel peckish. 50 kcals per carrot and you’ll feel satiated quite quickly due to the fibre.

  • Sunghee Lee says:

    Simply fascinating. Thank you, Dr. Greger!👏👍

  • Shari T says:

    FASCINATING!! Thanks for doing the research and posting!!

  • Mike Nickles says:

    After watching your last video, I had a giant bowl of oatmeal with nut butter and fruit for breakfast, a potato and soup for lunch and a salad for dinner. Normally i have a small breakfast and lunch and eat a HUGE dinner. Had a much better sleep after eating the salad and when I woke up, I broke through my weight loss plateau! Going to keep this up!

  • ColoradoCamper says:

    So would it be extra beneficial to exercise first thing in the morning? The idea being you deplete your glycogen stores, then eat breakfast and the body is even more eager to replace the glycogen that was just lost during exercise. Would this further enhance the lower net calories of breakfast?

  • Nicholas Allen says:

    This is probably the most interesting video you have ever done! Love it!

  • Gina Lombardi says:

    Thank you so much for the info and explaining how this works in the body!!!

  • Ro Ku says:

    Meals early in the day and herb teas or veg broth in the evening sounds like a good way to go and might make for better sleep too.

  • Hayley Baldwin says:

    It’s difficult to not only find but to understand the studies you mention in your videos. Thank you for all your efforts, we all appreciate you very much!

  • Jared Mallard says:

    So the weight loss and blood sugar control seem like short term benefits. What about the long term effect on longevity. Your previous videos have stated that the number of calories burned was negatively associated with longevity. Could there be any negative effects from eating large breakfasts?

  • Fragitude says:

    I’ve always been the type to skip breakfast and binge at night. Now I’m flip flopping that thanks to your advice. Through Chronometer I’m eating enough calories to lose a pound a week but in practice I’m currently losing double that approximately. So it seems to be clearly working. Started this month and I’m down ten pounds after reading How Not To Die I’m finally motivated to return to a healthy body.

  • M. says:

    I remember eating blended boiled potatos in the morning with some berries. After an hour I got really hot. I guess my body was making glycogen. 😊

  • NLR759 says:

    Since watching this video, I have been eating my calories in the morning and at lunch, then when I get home from work, eat nothing for dinner. My breakfasts and lunches are larger than they used to be, but after two weeks, I’m down two pounds! It also feels great to have an appetite for breakfast.

    • Aleph beta says:

      how the hell can u be doing it for 2 weeks after only viewing the vid a few days ago

    • NLR759 says:

      @Aleph beta I follow Nutrition facts on Instagram and itunes podcasts as well, and one of those came out earlier. Sorry, it wasn’t this exact video on YT, but it was this information from Greger I heard about two weeks ago on another platform.

  • KayLynn Gerhart says:

    As a night shifter, I’m so glad you addressed this concern for me!

  • psychedelia says:

    excellent video! i wonder how the circadian rhythm could also have an impact the productivity of exercising between evenings and mornings…

  • Fjuron says:

    Useful science for everyday decisions. Love this kinda stuff!

  • Gina Amoroso says:

    I’ve been doing this for a few months. I have way more energy than when I tried fasting windows and not eating until 11 am. It restored my metabolism bc I wanted to workout earlier in the day bc of increased fuel. It’s also really helped my sleep. I eat rice cereal , fruit yogurt and 1 soft boiled egg for breakfast. By dinner I just have a small salad w chicken or fish. My blood sugar has really stabilized. Everyone is dif though. People need things for their body.

  • Just Me says:

    So I can conclude that if I would like to lose body fat, eating all my food in the morning would be practically significantly better than in the evening? How much difference will it make? Are there any disadvantages or other things I should know?

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