Do Late Meal Times Increase Body Fat?

Eating soon before sleep is associated with higher per cent body fat, according to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The same study finds that body fat is not associated with the time of day, amount or composition of food intake.

During the study, which is the first to examine the impact of melatonin onset (which marks the onset of sleep) on food consumption and weight, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston collected data from 110 college-age participants. A mobile phone app was used to time-stamp, document and record the participants’ food intake over seven consecutive days.

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