Scientists warn that eating out of time, especially during the night, is a potent factor leading to gaining extra weight. Those who are in the habit of eating late at night or get up during the night and go foraging in the kitchen run a higher risk of becoming overweight and damaging their health.
The International Journal of Obesity published a study that reveals the harm of late-night eating. It is caused by interfering with circadian rhythms – the periods in the body related to the accumulation and expenditure of energy.
The study reports that with mice eating out of time resulted in their gaining twice the weight compared to that gained by the mice fed during the day.
Although the amount of food given was equal and all the mice had enough exercise, night-eating mice weighed more by 7.8 percent.
The scientists are sure that “better timing of meals could be a critical element in slowing the ever-increasing incidence of obesity.”
Some adjustment of the time you eat can prove an effective measure against gaining extra weight.
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