Eating to lose or maintain weight isn't always a numbers game. What you eat, and when, can slow or boost your metabolism to make it that much harder — or easier! — to lose those inches. Eating breakfast every day, for example, is a weight-loss strategy that works, and timing meals and snacks regularly throughout the day helps keep your energy up and your calorie-burning potential high.
How much you eat at each meal can cause the numbers on the scale to go up or down, and not just because of the calories you're consuming. A recent study, for example, found that people who had their biggest meal at lunchtime lost more pounds than those who ate more at dinner or had a big lunch later in the day, while some experts recommend using the tapering method (starting the day with your biggest meal) or equal-sized meals as the best option. What works for you? When do you have your biggest meal of the day?