- Dr Michael Mosley found eating carbs before dinner may be better for waistlines
- People once thought carbohydrates should largely be eaten in the morning
- This is because the body has all day to burn the glucose carbohydrates release
- Yet, carb-loading in the evening is fine if people avoid starchy foods earlier on
- Dr Mosley advises people to be consistent with their carb-eating habits
TV doctor Dr Michael Mosley has revealed the best time of day to eat carbohydrates.
He found eating pasta and bread at dinner is better for people’s waistlines than toast in the morning.
Experts previously thought carbohydrates should largely be eaten at the start of the day as the body has longer to burn the glucose they release.
Failing to do this causes the release of insulin to bring blood sugar levels back to normal, which is done by storing excess sugar from carbs as fat, causing people to put on weight.
Yet, the new study, broadcast on the BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor, found eating carbohydrates in the evening causes less dramatic blood sugar spikes than carb-loading at breakfast, providing the rest of a person’s food intake for that day has not been too starch-heavy.
Dr Mosley advises people are consistent with their carb-eating habits and avoid overindulging with every meal.
Dr Michael Mosley believes mainly eating carbs at dinner is better for people’s waistlines
Eating carbohydrates in the evening causes less dramatic blood sugar spikes
STRESS MAKES PEOPLE FAT, DR MICHAEL MOSLEY REVEALS
Worrying about your weight? Then stop now – because it is that very stress which could be making you fat, according to the inventor of the revolutionary 5:2 diet.
Dr Michael Mosley says there is now ‘compelling scientific evidence’ that stress wreaks havoc with our bodies and predisposes us to putting on weight.
Speaking in The Mail on Sunday’s new ‘Life’ section, he advises dieters to relax.
Dr Mosley explains: ‘Research has shown that chronic stress leads to increased hunger, comfort eating, self-loathing and disrupted sleep.
‘To lose weight and keep it off, it is important to reduce stress – and all the comfort eating that goes with it.’
How the research was carried out
Dr Mosley and researchers from the University of Surrey asked healthy volunteers to eat either the majority of their daily carbohydrate intake in the morning or evening.
All of the study’s participants ate the same amount of carbs every day, which included bread, pasta and vegetables.
For the first five days, they ate most of these foods for breakfast, followed by five days of eating a normal diet before finally switching to a low-carb breakfast, high-carb dinner for the last five days.
The researchers analysed the participants’ blood sugar levels throughout the study.
Low-carb breakfast, high-carb dinner comes out best
Results reveal a a low-carb breakfast, high-carb dinner raises people’s glucose response by an average of 10.4 units, BBC reported.
Whereas eating lots of carbs in the morning and few in the evening increases their glucose response by 15.9 units.
The scientists from the University of Surrey plan to repeat the experiment in a larger study.