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Do You Eat Late at Night?

Food 2012/05/21 00:47:39
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According to a recent study, weight loss may be less about what you eat and more about when you eat. Apparently, eating during eight hours of the day and fasting for the other sixteen is a surefire way to get slim and stay healthy. (Well, at least for the mice studied by Satchidananda Panda, a regulatory biologist at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.)

For 100 days, Panda and his team put groups of mice on different eating schedules and diets. Two of the groups ate high-fat, high-calorie food. Of those, one group was allowed to eat whenever they wanted; the other only had access to food for eight hours at night (mice are primarily nocturnal). Other control groups ate regular food.

Interestingly, the eating schedule seemed to have more influence than the type of food being consumed. The mice that ate high-fat food during a restricted period of time and then fasted were almost as lean as the mice that ate regular food. Additionally, the mice that ate around the clock became obese even though they didn’t consume more fat or calories than their counterparts on the time-restricted schedule. These mice also developed high cholesterol, high blood sugar, fatty liver disease, and metabolic problems, while their counterparts showed hardly any signs of these ailments.



So what does this mean for humans? The data suggests that optimal health may depend on the stomach, brain, and digestive system taking a break from managing incoming fuel. This goes against the results of previous studies, which recommended eating frequent, small meals. It certainly would be amazing to be able to lose weight and stay healthy while still eating all of your favorite fatty foods. But not all scientists are optimistic that these results will actually translate to human beings.

"I hope it's true, but I doubt it," said Barbara Corkey, director of obesity research at Boston University School of Medicine.

Even if the science does prove to be true, it may be difficult for humans to adjust their schedules to accommodate only daytime eating.

Melissa Healy of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “In the agricultural lifestyle of an earlier time, Americans ate heartily but were thinner. They did chores, then had a big breakfast, followed by more physical activity, a hearty lunch, work and an early dinner. Soon after the sun set, it was time to sleep.”

As Panda points out, these days, “Our social life starts at sunset. Family time starts at the evening. So essentially, we have increased our eating time in the last 40 to 50 years."

What about you SodaHeads? Do you eat late at night?

Read More: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-fasting...

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  • Professor Wizard 2012/05/21 19:48:22
    No
    Professor Wizard
    No... but - - - if I am up really late (actually early, like 1am or 2am) and I am still watching a good movie, I might drink a beer.
  • Cenon Manansala 2012/05/21 19:47:34
    Yes
    Cenon Manansala
    hell to the yes!
  • Sister Jean 2012/05/21 19:14:31
    Yes
    Sister Jean
    +2
    yes ..... for once I stole your post sorry
  • T. James H 2012/05/21 18:47:22
  • NYCbrit 2012/05/21 18:46:03
    Yes
    NYCbrit
    +1
    I do most of my eating late at night. It takes awhile for me to have an appetite. And my waking hours are often skewed.
  • gocar 2012/05/21 18:45:54
    Yes
    gocar
    +1
    Unfortunately that's when I get the most craving. I behave all day and then go searching for a snack before bedtime.
  • Yoru Azenia 2012/05/21 18:36:09
    Yes
    Yoru Azenia
    +1
    Only when I get the munchies
  • Joseph Roach 2012/05/21 18:09:34
    Yes
    Joseph Roach
    +1
    Yep, you got me there, i'd say only 1 out of 10 days i don't eat very late.yep 1 10 days eat late
  • ♥K14 2012/05/21 17:57:43
    Yes
    ♥K14
    +1
    I eat all the time - hence my fatness.
  • Diana 2012/05/21 17:51:56
    No
    Diana
    +1
    No,I have Gerd.So I don't eat anything a few hours before i go to bed.
  • Jess 2012/05/21 17:46:47
    Yes
    Jess
    +2
    If I'm hungry, yes. Last night I ate at 3am because I got home from a concert that late. Normally I am sleeping at 3am. People being fat has nothing to do when they're eating. So many people still think they have to stop eating at 6pm or 8pm because they'll get fat while they sleep. So if they go to bed at 1am, they're basically starving themselves and they binge in the morning. Stupid.
  • D.C.Verdone 2012/05/21 17:24:36
    No
    D.C.Verdone
    +1
    very Interesting.
  • kraftymomma1979 2012/05/21 17:13:09
    Yes
    kraftymomma1979
    +1
    Yes, but I'm not proud of it. I think it plays a role in why I'm so heavy. I get weird cravies, and they wake me up.
  • SlaveWaterNymph 2012/05/21 16:13:11
    Yes
    SlaveWaterNymph
    +1
    With a diet of mine, i eat so many calories, as to what you eat but i also dont have a set time on eating as well. I eat small portions throughout the day when i am hungry and when im not, i dont eat. Its pretty simple. I think that it is still both, what you eat and when you eat are pretty important on loosing weight and such.
  • Miko Mikomiko 2012/05/21 15:54:10
    Yes
    Miko Mikomiko
    +1
    It's a habit I'm trying to stop
  • sweetie17 2012/05/21 15:30:57
    Yes
    sweetie17
    +1
    i get food around 12 / 1.. depends on wen my tummy wants food
  • ticlo7 2012/05/21 15:20:32
    No
    ticlo7
    +1
    I'm normally too tired to bother, I'd be having breakfast in around 12 hours anyway.
  • Will 2012/05/21 15:13:32
    Yes
    Will
    +1
    Cant really pick when you're hungry, so you eat whenever you are hungry
  • ~unloved~(❤coco❤) 2012/05/21 15:10:18
    Yes
    ~unloved~(❤coco❤)
    +1
    Anything sweet
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/21 15:07:05
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I stay up to 3AM sometimes
  • Kate 2012/05/21 14:35:18
    Yes
    Kate
    +1
    I have severe acid reflux and MUST eat every 3-4 hours. I even wake up at night and eat. If I don't keep something in my stomach at all times, I'm throwing up acid.
  • Юлия Чмелёва 2012/05/21 14:29:55
    Yes
    Юлия Чмелёва
    +1
    if i stay awake late)
    eat late night
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2012/05/21 14:29:09
  • MW121 2012/05/21 14:28:17
    No
    MW121
    +1
    I try and eat by 5-6pm..
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/05/21 14:22:37
    Yes
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I have both a job and a life. I'm lucky to get dinner before 7:00 PM on a typical night (and to get to bed before 1:00 AM).
  • Michelle 2012/05/21 14:19:21
    No
    Michelle
  • andy 2012/05/21 14:15:42
  • Wulfdane 2012/05/21 14:08:55 (edited)
    Yes
    Wulfdane
    +2
    I don't place phony restrictions on myself, I eat when I want. Simple as that. If I changed my lifestyle every time some lab put out a study that claims this or that, I would have no life.
  • Beat Ma... Wulfdane 2012/05/21 14:23:44
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    Exactly, your body knows when you want food.
  • Tentimesinfinity 2012/05/21 13:59:35
    Yes
    Tentimesinfinity
    +1
    No! I meant to say no.
  • Kigan 2012/05/21 13:51:23
    No
    Kigan
    +1
    I'm usually asleep.
  • Emi 2012/05/21 13:48:36
    Yes
    Emi
    +2
    I'm hungry so I eat. what's wrong??? I don't care whether it's day or late at night! =)
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/21 13:45:49
    Yes
    HarleyCharley
    +1
    I get up at night and eat sometimes....
  • Sprout 2012/05/21 13:12:02
    Yes
    Sprout
    +1
    more then I should
  • Steampunk King 2012/05/21 12:58:50
  • Zammo 2012/05/21 12:50:24
    No
    Zammo
    +1
    Gives me heartburn, etc.
  • Ryoka∞Boy 2012/05/21 12:15:32
    Yes
    Ryoka∞Boy
    +1
    Depends
  • Osk 2012/05/21 12:07:50
    No
    Osk
    +2
    It is bad for the stomach
  • Beat Ma... Osk 2012/05/21 14:26:11
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    That's assuming you're lucky enough to work hours that let you get to bed at a decent hour. I used to work 2:00PM-11:PM regularly for almost 7 years. This meant dinner was at 11:30PM and bedtime was about 4:00 AM (and yes, that was to keep from going to bed with food in my belly).
  • Osk Beat Ma... 2012/05/21 14:41:01
    Osk
    +1
    That's different though

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