Late eaters are more likely to gain weight - Study finds

People who eat most of their calories after 6pm tend to have unhealthier diets and eat more overall, according to a study.

Researchers said that late eaters were more likely to gain weight because they tend to let themselves get extremely hungry during the day.

This makes them more prone to binge eating, making bad food choices and eating junk food in the evening.

Whereas those who consume their biggest meals earlier in the day are often too full to stuff their faces at night.

People who eat their main meal later in the evening tend to eat more overall and to have a less healthy diet, research has found.

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For the latest study, researchers from Ulster University in Northern Ireland looked at more than 1,100 adults as part of the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey.

The nationwide survey began in 2008 and collects detailed information on the food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status.

The volunteers – aged 19 to 64 – were quizzed about their meal timings and food choices. 

The researchers found those who ate 30 per cent or less of their food at night consumed less total calories overall than any group.

Whereas those who ate half of their calories at night were more likely to gain weight and consume food with little nutrition. Thestreetjournal


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