A recent study investigated the link between body weight and timing of meals. The results are not good news for people who eat late…

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) investigators examined the relationships between the following:

  • body fat and body mass index
  • the timing of food consumption
  • time of day
  • the body’s circadian or body clock

The study included 110 participants enrolled in a 30-day observational study.

A mobile phone app was used to time-stamp, document and record the participants’ food intake over seven consecutive days of their regular routines.

Individuals with high body fat percentages consumed most of their calories shortly before going to sleep when melatonin levels were high

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For one night during the study, participants were studied at the BWH Center for Clinical Investigation to assess the timing of their melatonin onset, marking onset of sleep, and their body composition.

Researchers found that individuals with high body fat percentages consumed most of their calories shortly before going to sleep when melatonin levels were high, compared to individuals with lower percentages of body fat.

Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital via www.sciencedaily.com

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