Late night eating may cause greater weight gain – new research points to why

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Abstract

It’s long been popular advice for people looking to lose weight to avoid late night snacking. It’s no wonder, with a host of research showing that late night eating is linked to greater body weight and increased risk of obesity.

But until now, few studies have actually investigated precisely why late night eating is linked to greater body weight. This is what a recent US study set out to uncover. They found that eating four hours later than normal actually changed many of the physiological and molecular mechanisms that favour weight gain.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2022

Bibliographical note

Alex Johnstone receives funding from UKRI, The University of Aberdeen, The Scottish Government, National Health Service Endowments award, Tennovus Charity and Chief Scientist Office.

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