Good sleep and big breakfast the key to staying slim

Scientists studied 93 obese women who were split into two groups and given carefully structured meals.

Both groups ate 1400 calories daily for 12 weeks, but with opposite patterns of consumption.

One consumed half their total calorie allowance at breakfast time. Breakfast consisted of 700 calories, lunch 500 and dinner just 200.

The other group consumed 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 700 at the end of the day.

After 12 weeks women in the big breakfast group had each lost an average of 8.07 kg and 7.5cm off their waist.

In comparison, women in the big dinner group lost 3.31 kg and 3.5cm off their waists.

The big breakfast group also experienced significant reductions in levels of insulin, glucose and triglycerides.

Triglycerides fell by more than a third in the big breakfast group but increased by 14.6% in the big dinner group.

The researchers, led by Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, from Tel