Sandra Ianculescu - If you frequently go to bed after midnight or eating late, risk of gaining weight more quickly, according to a study at Northwestern University in the US.
The researchers studied the effects of the late hours of sleep on diet and on body mass index and found that people who go to bed late at night tend to consume more foods rich in calories than those who go to bed around 10 pm.
The study involved 52 adults, 25 women and 27 men, who were constantly monitored with a device for 7 days. After the end of the monitoring period, the scientists concluded that 56% of the volunteers go to bed at a reasonable hour and have a well-defined food program, while the rest goes to bed around midnight, it consumes late breakfast and dinner after 8 pm.
The consequences of going to bed late
The study results show that people who go to bed late are not resting enough and are tempted to consume more calories at dinner, than people who have a regular schedule of sleep.
In addition, people in the first group a diet chaotic, ie eat more junk food, drink more carbonated drinks and eat fewer fruits and vegetables than those who sleep more at night.
All these effects of sleep late at night have been associated with a body mass index increased. Of all the worst habits, eat after 8 pm is the most important factor that determines weight gain. So not only what they eat, but also when eating can sabotage your diet and therefore the possibility of losing the extra pounds.
From the biological point of view, when we sleep too little, the body secretes higher amounts in certain hormones that increase appetite. Also, people who sleep less than 6 hours per night for a long period of time, are more prone to weight gain than those who sleep at least 7 hours: less sleep, the more the body loses its ability to burn calories accumulated during the day.