A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania looked at the impact that eating later in the day has on weight, cholesterol, hormones, and metabolism. The results may have you shifting your meals to earlier in the day!
A group of healthy-weight individuals was studied through two different, long-term eating conditions: a daytime condition, in which three meals and two snacks were eaten between the hours of 8am and 7pm, and a delayed condition, in which three meals and two snacks were eaten between the hours of 12pm and 11pm. In the delayed condition, weight increased, respiratory quotient rose (indicating fewer lipids and more carbohydrates were metabolized), and increases in insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides were observed.
In addition, the appetite-stimulating hormone, ghrelin, peaked earlier in the day while the appetite-inhibiting hormone, leptin, peaked later in the daytime condition. These hormone alterations suggest that eating earlier may help to prevent overeating in the evening and night.
For more information, go to https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170602143816.htm .