According to a recent study, eating the last meal of the day before 7 p.m. could help you stay in better health.
In the study, nine healthy weight adults underwent two conditions, one of daytime eating (three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for eight weeks and another of delayed eating (three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 p.m.) for eight weeks.
There was a two-week washout period between conditions to make sure there was no carry over effect. The sleep period was held constant, between 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. The team found that when participants ate later, compared to the daytime condition, weight increased.
Respiratory quotient — the ratio of carbon dioxide produced by the body to oxygen consumed by the body- also rose during the delayed eating condition, indicatinglater eating led to metabolising fewer lipids and more carbohydrates.
The researchers also found that a series of other measures reflecting negative metabolic profiles increased in the delayed condition, including insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. The researchers also found that eating earlier may help prevent overeating in the evening and at night.