Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper to stay healthy, say scientists

The old adage breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper could be the best way to lose weight and stay healthy, Kings College scientists say.

A major review of 28 recent studies has concluded that keeping calories down late at night is the secret to combating obesity.

Researchers warn that modern lifestyles have led to many people dining later in the day, or at irregular intervals, which is confusing the body's circadian rhythms and hindering digestion.

Most people in the UK increases their energy intake across the day, with breakfast providing the fewest calories and dinner the most.

But recent trials have shown that people who eat the most in the morning experience greater weight loss and improve blood sugar levels even when consuming the same amount of calories overall.

Many metabolic processes such as appetite, digestion and the metabolism of fat, cholesterol and glucose follow a circadian pattern.