Eating after 8 p.m. could be adding 2 inches to your waistline

Eating After 8pm Could Be Adding 2 Inches To Your Waistline

By Alyse Barker, Buzz60

If you are having trouble losing those last two inches around the waist, snacking after dark might be the problem.

People who eat dinner late in the evening tend to have waistlines two inches bigger than those who eat their last meal and snacks earlier in the day.

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A study from the Autonomous University of Chile shows men and women have evolved to burn most of their energy and calories in the daylight hours. During nighttime hours, everything slows down, and this is when that fat "sticks," as opposed to being burned off.

Diabetes and other problems associated with weight gain are continually increasing. While people are more aware of taking their health seriously to reduce these risks, doctors suggest having a bigger breakfast and lunch with a lighter snack later in the day.

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It is important to make sure to take in a sufficient amount of calories per day for nutrition, but it's also crucial how many one burns off.

Eating small meals throughout the day can also help fight cravings, which could lead to "binge eating" later in the day. Hormones can also play into the cravings that are affected by the light-dark cycle.

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