How to Time Your Meals

To lose the most weight, you need a proper eating plan. Follow our schedule to maximize weight loss.

Timing Is Everything

To lose the most weight, you need a proper eating plan. "Ideally, your calories should be broken down into three meals and two snacks daily," says Kim Lyons, personal trainer on The Biggest Loser and coauthor of Your Body, Your Life (Sterling). "Eat every three hours."

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7 a.m. Research shows breakfast eaters are more likely to succeed at long-term weight loss.

10 a.m. Have a protein with every meal, including snacks (almonds or yogurt), to keep you satisfied longer.

1 p.m. Eat a carb, protein, and yes, a fat! Stick with the healthy ones: avocados, olive oil, or fish.

4 p.m. Snacking between meals keeps blood sugar stable so you won't have a late-afternoon crash.

7 p.m. In the early evening try to eat plenty of fresh vegetables instead of a starch. The fiber in veggies is filling.

Originally published in the August 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.