You may or may not know this but your ability to gain or lose weight does not just depend on caloric intake and food choices but also the timing of your meals. Late night eating habits could have a negative impact not just on your body weight, but on your heart health as well. Here are 4 reasons why you should check the time you eat.
1. It makes it more difficult to lose weight
As said earlier, your ability to gain or lose weight not just depends on caloric intake and food choices but also the timing of your meals. So when it comes to eating late at night, the concept of “A calorie is just a calorie” may be redundant. Because these calories you are ingesting at late hours will more likely be stored as fat in your body; thereby leading to an increase in weight.
2. Fluctuations in sleep cycle
Another important reason why you may want to avoid eating late is due to the effect it can have on your sleep cycle. Research has found that the digestive process can have serious implications on your sleep cycle, causing you to wake up more often, and have a harder time falling asleep in the first place.
3. Poor memory and concentration levels
It is not just your waistline that suffers when you eat late dinners but it turns out that eating late at night is harmful for your brain health too. Timing of meals have far-reaching effects on brain physiology and behaviour. Irregular eating patterns affect the circadian system, which in turn affects the brain’s ability of learning, concentration and memorizing.
4. Increased risk of diabetes
Since the food you eat at night can’t digest, your cholesterol, triglyceride levels, insulin increases automatically. Increased insulin and glucose can lead to diabetes. The body’s ability to use insulin is higher in the day than the night. When your insulin can’t covert the glucose in your body, they store up as sugar. This is not good for your health.
Sources: ndtv.com and fitday.com
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