A delay in eating on time, especially a late dinner, can negatively impact the human body. A recent survey indicates that not eating on time changes at least three things: the process of eradicating calories, the period of hunger, and how fat accumulates in the body. 

Millions of people worldwide can be prevented from becoming obese by following the simple recipe of eating on time. It has been found in previous studies that eating is associated with weight gain, but experts are now taking a closer look at that connection. As well as biological aspects, it has brought out several points.

Dr. Frank Scheer, a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and his colleagues believe eating late helps people gain weight, accumulate body fat abnormally, and lose weight more slowly. It also reduces the rate at which calories are burned.

During this study, 16 volunteers underwent two experiments, and the results lasted six days each. Following the first experiment, several weeks later, the experiment was repeated with strict timing restrictions on sleeping and eating.

In one study in one experiment, participants were required to adhere to the three meals per day starting at 9 am for breakfast at noon, lunch at 1 pm, and dinner around six at night. In the second study, meal times changed, breakfast was served at 1 o’clock, and the final meal was at 9 pm.

In this session, attendees were asked questions, and collected blood samples. The people who ate later were less likely to have lower levels of the hormone leptin, which was for 24 hours, as the hormone causes us to feel full. The absence of it causes us to be hungry, so we tend to eat more. However, the heat loss rate in the body is relatively slow, which is a significant reason behind obesity.

Another study revealed the expression of genes in adipose tissue that plays a significant part in the accumulation of body fat is also affected. This is how the potential of the tissue to build up fat starts to increase. For the first time, evidence of cellular, functional, and molecular changes in the process of the delay of food intake has been observed.


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