Eating an early dinner can help you burn fat, lower your blood sugar
People who eat late dinner may burn less fat and have higher blood sugar than those who eat the same meal earlier, according to a new study. But conventional wisdom is that a calorie is a calorie, no matter when you eat it. And that weight gain is caused by eating more calories than you use.
Nutritionists call this the calories in, calories out theory of weight control, but it might not be as simple as that. New research discovers that the time you eat may play a significant role in gaining weight.
A recent study finds eating late dinner can cause weight gain and high blood sugar levels regardless of calories.
Researchers found that not everyone reacts the same way. And people who were accustomed to earlier bedtimes had the most weight gain from a late dinner.
According to researchers, there is strong evidence that eating a late meal causes weight gain even if you don’t increase the calories consumed.
Experts say that when working long days, it’s a good idea to eat a healthy snack in the afternoon to curb your appetite for a late dinner.
The study found that late eaters had peak blood sugar levels almost 20 percent higher. And fat burning reduced by 10 percent, compared with those who ate dinner earlier.
The study looked at 10 men and 10 women in their 20s who were of a healthy weight. They were given the same meal for dinner at either 6 p.m. or 10 p.m., and all went to bed at 11 p.m.
Their blood was tested every hour for things like fat and sugar levels. It was found that those who ate late dinners had about 18% higher peak blood sugar levels and burned 10% less fat overnight.
The study looked only at healthy people, so the effects might be even more pronounced in people who are already obese or diabetic.
The study also found that not everyone reacted to eating a late meal in the same way. People who normally went to bed earlier had the worst results when given a late meal. People who normally ate food as late as 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., however, did not seem to be affected by the change.
It’s not just what and how much you eat, but when you eat it, that may affect your chances of having health problems like heart disease and diabetes in later years.
Dinner is usually the largest meal of the day for most adults, people should try not to eat large meals late at night. Aim to eat your largest meal at breakfast or lunch if possible.