People who eat after this hour gain more weight

The time you eat your dinner can affect your chances of gaining weight and your daily calorie intake. Which side are you on the equation? Late-day calorie consumption is associated with metabolic syndrome and obesity.

People who eat after this hour gain more weight.
People who eat after this hour gain more weight.

How dinner could affect your levels of body fat

What time do you usually eat your dinner? If the answer is after 6 pm, you should keep reading (if you have dinner before 6 pm, you can also keep reading and even feel good about yourself). 

New research says that people who consume the "heaviest" meal of their day in terms of calories after 6 pm are fatter. Also, the total daily caloric intake of people who eat after six in the afternoon tends to be higher.

The researchers explained that the reason for this is that people who eat later tend to be very hungry and consume more calories during the meal. They are also more likely to be tempted by poor food choices, binge attacks, and eating junk food.

In contrast, those who consume their largest meal of the day earlier, and no later than 6 p.m., tend to be less hungry at night and eat fewer calories.

The study involved over 1,100 adults from the UK National Nutrition Survey database. 

The investigation began in 2008 and collected detailed information on:
  • Food intake 
  • Nutritional components
  • The nutritional status of all participants aged 19-64
  • It also provides information on their meal times and nutritional choices
Researchers found that participants who ate up to 30% of their food in the evening ate fewer calories per day. In contrast, those who ate 50% or more of their calories in the evening were more likely to gain weight and consume fast food.

The researchers assessed the quality of the study participants' diets with a diary in which they recorded what they ate. 

Researchers used a score called the Nutrient Rich Food Index, which ranks foods according to their ratio of nutrient content to energy content (calories).

In conclusion 

The results show that eating a lower portion of daily caloric intake in the evening results in a lower overall daily caloric intake. Also, consuming a higher amount of daily caloric intake in the evening results in a lower nutritional rank.

The timing of proper calorie intake is an important behavioral change to consider when dietary interventions are needed. More research is needed to determine whether the distribution of calorie intake. Also, the types of meals consumed at night affect body shape and heart muscle.