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When you eat is as important as what you eat. Plan your meals so that your biggest are the first two of the day, and eat a lighter dinner (eg: a salad with a small portion of protein). Eating bigger meals (eg: rice) early in the day helps our bodies process energy more efficiently.

According to the book, “What to Eat When: A Strategic Plan to Improve Your Health and Life Through Food”, three-quarters of your daily calories should be before 2 pm.

One study followed more than 1,200 people for 6 years and found that those who ate a larger percentage of their total daily calories at night had a much greater risk of developing obesity, metabolic syndrome, and a fatty liver compared with those who ate a smaller percentage of their total daily calories at that time.