Eating at Odd Hours may affect your weight, cholesterol and increases the risks of weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart-related ailments, suggests a research study.
You may have thought that as long as you avoid binging on foods later, skipping breakfast or eating late dinners are okay. But the researchers say otherwise.
Two research studies published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society claim that it is not just the foods you consume but also the timing affects your health. Eating irregular meals no matter how many calories you intake can increase the risks of obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.
The researchers have found an association between the obesity and consuming more calories in the evening. The study found that individuals who eat six small portions of meals a day had better cholesterol and insulin levels compared to those who ate irregular meals anywhere from three to nine meals a day.
Researchers say, “We found that adults consuming calories during regular meals—at similar times from one day to [the] next—were less obese than people who have irregular meals, despite consuming more calories overall.”
Several studies are focusing on the chrononutrition, where the researchers are exploring the link between metabolism and circadian rhythms. The metabolic processes in the body metabolism of fat, cholesterol, and glucose and appetite, digestion follow the pattern that repeat every 24 hours. Eating inconsistently can affect your internal body clock, and this can further cause weight gain and other health risks.
However, the research study couldn’t find how significant the effect of varying meal time is. “It would be of great interest to fully understand how much impact disruptions in our circadian rhythms could have on obesity risk,” adds researchers.
So, it is advised to eat at the same time everyday and do not follow irregular meal hours to stay healthy and to keep illnesses at bay.