Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your Late Night Eating Is Making You Fat


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Your army may be confused


Your cells have a built in clock called the circadian system. It's controlled by cells in the hypothalamus: think of this as the command center. Now the clock of your individual cells can be altered by daily activity: think of these cells as your soldiers.

So when your sleep schedule is off, you work late, eat late, stay up late, or even do physical activity late at night, this resets the clock for your cells while the hypothalamus stays on schedule. This causes a de-synchronization between your soldiers and the command center. All plans go out the window and your army gets confused.

This may not only hinder your ability to lose weight, but also cause you to gain weight. Especially in the instance of late night eating. Basically your body is designed to deal with excess energy and blood glucose earlier in the day. Your insulin and leptin is better at handling glucose in the mornings than it is at night. The same is true for digestion.

When you try to digest and sleep, our body does both poorly. Which is part of the reason acid reflux is one of the most diagnosed diseases in the world and acid reducers the most prescribed drug. Constipation is also a big problem in the West.

Most people eat a small breakfast or skip breakfast. Their biggest meal tends to be their last meal, and the window from their first consumption of food to their last consumption of food is a long one. Which doesn't leave much time for digestion and sleep. This not only leads to weight gain but accumulation of visceral fat.

People who skip breakfast are also likely to eat later. And if you eat late, you probably won't be hungry for breakfast the next day, which sets you up for more late night eating.

Ever wonder why you get so gassy or have problems with bowel movements? Look at how late you're eating, and if dinner is your biggest meal.

Many are just unaware how important breakfast is, and how damaging late night eating is to the body. In studies between two groups, when the only difference was eating breakfast, the group that ate breakfast lost more weight. In other studies, when people ate earlier, and the other group ate later, the people who ate earlier lost more weight.

Try to maintain a routine eating and sleeping schedule. It's important.

But none of this is that strange...


As older generations have constantly been warning us about the dangers of late night eating and skipping breakfast. And you look at the statistics; they were right.
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Sam Yang from an early age has been obsessed with connecting the dots between martial arts and efficiency, health, mindset, business, science, and habits to improve optimal well-being. For more info, join his newsletterYou can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter.

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