Why eating late at night will do more than just make you gain weight - it also raises risk of diabetes and heart disease, study reveals
There is a well-known link between eating late and weight gain - now new findings suggest it also increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
A team of US researchers found eating later raises boosts glucose and insulin levels, which are implicated in diabetes.
Late-night meals also raise cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood, both which can increase your risk of heart disease.
And in line with previous studies, the research discovered late-night meals caused people to gain weight by reducing the body's ability to burn fat.
The findings emerged from a study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, further confirms that eating late at night has a host of negative health effects.
'We know from our sleep loss studies that when you're sleep deprived, it negatively affects weight and metabolism in part due to late-night eating, but now these early findings, which control for sleep, give a more comprehensive picture of the benefits of eating earlier in the day,' said lead author and research associate professor of psychology Namni Goel.
How they conducted the research
The researchers set out to study the metabolic consequences of consistent delayed eating compared to daytime eating.
They instructed nine adults of healthy weights to spend eight weeks to eat during the daytime, which involved consuming three meals and two snacks between 8am and 7pm.
Then the group followed a delayed eating routine - having three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 pm - for eight weeks.
There was a two-week break in between to make sur Continue reading