Timing is everything. And humans need regular sleep and eating patterns to maintain optimal health.

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But over time, if living against the clock becomes a way of life, this may set the stage for weight gain and metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

Some research indicates that when we eat can also influence how much weight we lose.

“The finding that we had was that people who ate their main meal earlier in the day were much more successful at losing weight,” says study author Frank Scheer, a Harvard neuroscientist who directs the Medical Chronobiology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

In fact, early eaters lost 25 percent more weight than later eaters — “a surprisingly large difference,” Scheer says. Another study found that eating a big breakfast was more conducive to weight loss, compared with a big dinner — adding to the evidence that the timing of meals is important.