Are you tired of following all kinds of fad diet and exercise regimes, but unable to lose those love handles? Junk eating can cause your bulging stomach and phlegm before hitting the bed. You must have heard the popular advice of having breakfast like a king, eating lunch like a prince and dinner like a Pauper. One should also keep in mind that how much you eat is also important because weight gain happens when we eat more calories. According to research, if you eat just before bedtime it can affect your biological clock and it can delay the body’s fat burning mechanism. Untimely, eating before bed can cause weight gain because our metabolism slows down when we sleep. This causes any unwanted calories to be stored as fat.
Many of us feel hungry at night and we end up eating anything, mostly junk food. Also, a bedtime snack is an extra meal which means extra calories. If you follow healthy eating habits and eat on time, then you will not feel untimely hunger. Therefore, if you avoid or eat food at any time you should not. When you skip breakfast or lunch and eat dinner at odd times you will lack nutrition and do not feel hungry at night.
According to the study published in the journal PLOS Biology, the number of calories you eat can affect our body weight. “There are a lot of studies on both animals and humans that suggest it’s not only about how much you eat but rather when you eat.” explained Prof. Carl Johnson, senior author of the study and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Biological Sciences. For the undeclared, the biological clock or circadian rhythm affects a person’s metabolism. And body clock disruption leads to health issues including obesity.
The research team monitored the feeding times of 6 people aged 50 and older. He measured his metabolism with the help of Vanderbilt’s human metabolic chamber. He said that people who eat late at night have lower rate of fat burning than others. The lead researcher stated, “This confirms that the timing of meals during the daytime and nighttime cycle affects how ingested food is used versus stored and that any food ingested before bedtime will delay the burning of fat during sleep.” Eating at night doubles weight, even when total calorie intake was the same.