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Eat late, gain weight?

MagazineApril 2009 (Vol. 20 Issue 1)Eat late, gain weight?

It's commonly assumed that eat-ing late at night is more likely to promote weight gain than eating earlier on in the day

It's commonly assumed that eat-ing late at night is more likely to promote weight gain than eating earlier on in the day. Indeed, many popular diets, such as the Atkins and South Beach diets, recommend limiting food intake in the evening. But is this assumption true, or is it just another weight-loss myth?

According to one team of researchers, the eat-late, gain-weight theory makes sense. "Because metabolic rate decreases during periods of sleep in humans and animals," they say, "it seems logical to assume that eating during a time when metabolic rate

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