Posted by: Chris Maloney | May 29, 2012

Biggest Loser Loses Weight Eating Carbs Before Noon. Really?

English: A male House Sparrow nibbling a plant

English: A male House Sparrow nibbling a plant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s miracle supermarket weight loss scheme, we have the secrets of the Biggest Loser.  She eats her carbs before noon, in accordance to fitness guru X (sorry, fitness guru X, I don’t recall your name).

So I went looking for this miracle cure.  Just eat all those pesky carbs before noon.  A donut at 11:59 burns off like smoke, but at 12:01 it plunks down, down, down to the hips.

I didn’t find it.  In fact, people who lose weight and keep it off are more likely to have five meals a day (BLD and two snacks).  Eating more frequently leads to less fluctuation, but they were just less hungry.  Even children eating more frequently are less likely to be obese.  Post-menopausal women who snacked before noon were more likely to gain weight than those who snacked in the afternoon or evening.  In a study of controlled food intake, the time of day of snacking had no effect on total calories eaten and the test subjects only felt more hungry if they were deprived of a snack before noon.

So, what’s the answer?  Nibbling.  Nibble your food.  It worked for all these thin college women.  If you get the sense that perhaps I don’t think one size fits all in this situation, you’d be right.  I’m all for individual variation, but I may try nibbling.  I’ve always been more of an engulfer, a swallow it whole kind of person.  Nibbling is a pleasing notion.  Look for me at parties, perched on a chair, nibbling something like a squirrel.

Eat Behav. 2012 Jan;13(1):65-6. Epub  2011 Oct 20.

Nibbling: frequency and relationship to BMI, pattern of eating, and shape, weight, and eating concerns among university women.


Regional Eating Disorder Service, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Oslo University Hospital-Ullevål, N- 0407, Oslo, Norway.



Nibbling has been defined by the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE 16.0) as eating in an unplanned and repetitious manner between meals and snacks without an accompanying sense of loss of control. We investigated the nature and frequency of nibbling in young women.


Fifty-eight university women aged 19-41 years with an average BMI of 22.8 (4.8) were administered the EDE-interview.


Only 9% of women reported no nibbling during the preceding 28 days, 14% nibbled on 1-5 days; 40% on 6-12 days; 21% on 13-15 days and 17% nibbled on 16-28 days. Nibbling was not significantly related to BMI, frequency of meals, binge eating, dietary restraint, or shape, eating, or weight concerns. Significant inverse relationships were found between nibbling and food avoidance (-.27, p=.03) and sensitivity to weight gain (-.26; p=.04).


Nibbling occurred frequently among young women but did not appear to have significant consequences for BMI, the overall pattern or eating, shape or weight concerns, or for any measured pathological eating behaviors.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

PMID:  22177400


  1. Reblogged this on Push Dump Fat Button.

  2. Thank you for the pingback. I appreciate it. Have yourself a wonderful day. 🙂 Renee

  3. You’re welcome!

  4. Thanks for the reblog! It’s nice to know my two cents might help some more people.

  5. Great blog. So helpful.

  6. Thanks! I try to write things that I’d want to read.

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