Why Late Night Snacks Put on Weight

Eating less and exercising more isn’t quite enough when it comes
to pursuing or maintaining a healthy weight. New research from Northwestern University shows that eating at the right times helps, too. The researchers believe that eating later at night, when the body wants to sleep, may influence weight gain because its natural circadian rhythms (the internal clock that responds to light and dark cycles) also regulate energy use and prompt the body to burn nighttime calories less efficiently than during daylight.

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