The study found that the timing of food intake relative to melatonin onset, a marker of a person’s biological night, is associated with higher percent body fat. Individuals with high body fat percentages consumed most of their calories shortly before going to sleep when melatonin levels were high, compared to individuals with lower percentages of body fat.
To learn more about the benefits of time-restricted eating and how to practice it check out my podcasts with Dr. Satchin Panda. To learn more about how late night eating affects cancer risk check out my podcast with Dr. Ruth Patterson. Both podcasts are available on iTunes and YouTube (called foundmyfitness).