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My friend told me that if I want to lose weight, I should not eat anything after 10pm. Maybe I should listen to her. A study recently published in the Journal of Cell Metabolism suggests that eating at the wrong hours of the day contributes to weight gain. Therefore, it's not just about too much calories.
So, why is it important to quit those midnight snacks? According to lead author Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, eating at the wrong hours of the night will mess up our normal metabolic cycles. We need to let our muscles and internal organs like the liver and intestine take a rest. A clash in our eating schedule and body clock leads to weight gain.
Do not take this study to mean that you can eat as much calories as you want during the day as long as you fast at the right time for the right number of hours at night. It is still important to have a balanced diet and exercise too.
All these years, when it comes to weight loss, the focus has been on calorie counting. This research tells us that there is another factor for us to consider. If you like to stay up late and have a habit of raiding the fridge for a midnight snack, maybe it's time to put a stop to it. This could be the key to solving your weight problem.