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Do You Eat Late at Night?

SodaHead 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.

Eating at Night

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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  • Matthew Schafer 2013/04/29 12:46:36
    Yes
    Matthew Schafer
    yes why else have a light, especially cake and icecream
  • Avi Rosen 2012/11/13 12:22:46
    No
    Avi Rosen
    Unless, rarely, I'm dead hungry.
  • yogamartial 2012/07/30 12:32:30
    Yes
    yogamartial
    I can enjoy a breakfast any time after 12
  • Noobcake 2012/07/30 11:03:20
    No
    Noobcake
    What is considered "late"? The article seems to suggest sunset. But that is hardly what anyone would call late - especially in mid-winter when the sun begins to set at 4pm!

    My boyfriend and I usually have dinner around 8pm and eat nothing after that. It isn't feasible for us to eat any earlier than that.
  • Papilio 2012/07/30 10:29:50
    Yes
    Papilio
    Sometimes
  • bettyboop 2012/07/25 12:06:14
    Yes
    bettyboop
    I will eat a bowl of cereal say around 8pm or sometimes I wake up around 1am and feel hungry and will grab a piece of cheese and lunch meat and roll it up like a burrito and eat it.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/07/24 22:47:17
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    I used to! Then it started effecting my ability to get a restful sleep!
  • frequent–antagonist 2012/07/24 20:36:23
    No
    frequent–antagonist
    Rarely, and when I do it's usually not very much. I try not to eat past 8pm.
  • Sinister Ken Doll™ 2012/07/24 15:43:08
    No
    Sinister Ken Doll™
    i don't like to eat past a certain time cuz it just doesn't feel right... idk, that's kinda weird but i was born that way
  • Chaya2010 2012/07/24 08:33:43
    Yes
    Chaya2010
    Apart for breakfast my lunch and dinner times are usually erratic and I eat my last meal anytime from 7 pm until 1-2am which is not good for the body.
  • Lovita 2012/07/24 08:02:07
    Yes
    Lovita
    Sometimes when I wake up after a killer headache, around 11:30PM, I have crackers or instant coffee, and go back to sleep.
  • cin 2012/07/24 07:47:03
    No
    cin
    Not anymore lol. Unless its like a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.
  • DianaXoGirl 2012/07/24 06:46:46
    Yes
    DianaXoGirl
    Yes it's 11:45 pm and im eating
  • mandyinabox 2012/07/24 06:13:45
    Yes
    mandyinabox
    and i still weight 125lbs, same as always ^_^
  • Hope 2012/07/24 06:03:30
    Yes
    Hope
    i dont really sleep at night and thats mostly when im hungry so i eat junk food and drink energy drinks.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/24 05:35:56
    Yes
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +1
    This is old news & it doesn't help night owls very much, not this one anyway.
  • Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/24 04:59:25 (edited)
    Yes
    Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA
    It's 11:58 pm and I'm having a pear and a necterine.
  • king david 2012/07/24 04:48:30
    No
    king david
    +2
    sleep has a tight grip on me
  • laydeelapis 2012/07/24 04:48:25
    Yes
    laydeelapis
    During the summer when I'm up late and get hungry. I also tend to gain weight during the summer so there's probably a relation in there somewhere. That and the fact that I stay in the house most of the time.
  • goodbye lullaby ღ 2012/07/24 04:46:52
    Yes
    goodbye lullaby ღ
    Sometimes.
  • ~[Rachel Mariee]~ 2012/07/24 04:46:41
    Yes
    ~[Rachel Mariee]~
    Sometimes..
  • Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes 2012/07/24 04:44:12
    Yes
    Cimoc Feiler Naitsabes
    +1
    i have late snacks or eat something late
  • Tallulah 2012/07/24 01:19:02
    No
    Tallulah
    +2
    I don't want to wake anybody up :/
  • 3188419 2012/06/23 13:48:12
  • Blonde Rebellion 2012/06/14 09:39:54
    Yes
    Blonde Rebellion
    sometimes..I get hungry after drinking..
  • janet 2012/05/27 07:30:02
    No
    janet
    I do get up at night and have something to drink, does that count? : )
  • frequen... janet 2012/07/24 20:37:05
    frequent–antagonist
    No.
  • TasselLady 2012/05/22 20:36:48
    No
    TasselLady
    Not if I can help it.
  • Bart 2012/05/22 20:16:09
    No
    Bart
    nope, never
  • rhstarr 2012/05/22 19:58:16
    No
    rhstarr
    +1
    Everyone in our house eats no later than 730. No sodas or tea either after 730 its water only. I have to say since we started doning this I and my husband have lost a few pounds.
  • Santiago sc 2012/05/22 19:33:55
    Yes
    Santiago sc
    I eat 4 times each day
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/05/22 18:40:51
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    nibble and snack.........DUMB
  • Saye Saye 2012/05/22 18:27:39
    No
    Saye Saye
    one bad habit never developed.
  • Rin 2012/05/22 17:38:13
    No
    Rin
    +2
    Regularly, no
    I do have those nights on the weekends where I hang out with my friends
    We go to IHOP at 3 am or our sometimes have midnight cookies or 5 am donuts or something but usually I eat healthy so I can enjoy ihop, cookies, or donuts every now and then.
  • Skar 2012/05/22 17:29:01
    Yes
    Skar
    Not as much as I used to, but still do on occasion
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/05/22 16:51:18
    Yes
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    +1
    Sometimes
  • TaniaHoenink 2012/05/22 16:14:27
    Yes
    TaniaHoenink
    Ehehe, yeah.... It's mainly due to pulling all-nighters for college that I tend to snack while working :/
  • helli.candy 2012/05/22 16:12:53
    No
    helli.candy
    +1
    i did it 2 years ago too sleep longer because i need then no breakfast now im smoking at night :D
  • zootshecfur 2012/05/22 15:15:02
    Yes
    zootshecfur
    i sleep during the day so i would eat from night to early moring
  • JesusIsMyGod 2012/05/22 13:48:02
    Yes
    JesusIsMyGod
    If I do not sleep right away, I eat because my one medication makes me hungry.

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