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The food we eat has a huge impact on our body, and our general health.
But experts warn many of us do not think about the time we consume our meals.
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While some of us may eat extremely healthily, research shows we face ruining all that progress if we eat too close to bedtime, or cram all our meals together, or wait too long between eating.
It all boils down to metabolism, giving the body enough time to digest.
Internet - Plans - Dieters - Time - Day
However, while the internet is full of specific plans for dieters saying what time of day to eat, none of those take into account how it could be affected by different schedules.
Our metabolism is affected by our circadian rhythm (i.e. body clock). For some, our body clock is the standard night-day. But for others who work night shifts or burn the candles at both ends, it is not so simple.
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Now, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have conducted the first study showing how meal times affect your weight gain, depending on what time you rise and sleep.
Previous research has shown an unconventional body clock leads to poor metabolism and obesity - no matter what meal time schedule you follow.
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Ultimately, the most important factor is waiting a few hours after your last meal before going to bed.
In the study, published this week in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital examined body fat, body mass index and the timing of food consumption.
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They compared these with the time of day and the person's circadian rhythm (i.e. body clock).
This is the first time that the timing of meals has been studied in real world settings, in relation to melatonin onset, which marks the onset of sleep.
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'We found that the timing of food intake...
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