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A small clinical trial finds that eating later in the day (12 pm to 11 pm) increased weight gain, raised insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels compared to eating earlier in the day (8 am to 7 pm).
In the small study, each of the nine healthy weight adults underwent each of the two conditions: daytime eating (three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for eight weeks and delayed eating (the same three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 p.m.) for eight weeks after a 2-week washout period. This is a small trial and needs to be repeated but is in line with another study that showed when healthy adults eat meals that are identical for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the postprandial glucose increase is lowest after breakfast and highest after dinner even though the meals were 100% identical.
For more on meal timing and time-restricted eating…check out my podcasts with the experts, Dr. Satchin Panda and Dr. Ruth Patterson on youtube and iTunes.