Study: Stick to 12-hour eating schedule to maintain healthy diet

Snacking all hours of the day could lead to obesity

A new study shows snacking at all hours of the day could lead to obesity and metabolic problems.

Over a 38-week period, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego experimented with the eating patterns of mice.

Researchers found that the mice who were allowed to eat whenever they wanted were generally obese, while the mice that were only fed between a 9 or 12 hour window remained sleek and healthy.

Now researchers are saying you should try to eat in a 12-hour time period throughout the day to maintain a healthy diet.

For example, if you start breakfast at 8 in the morning, you should be done eating around 8 at night.

One dietician said there are pros and cons to restricting your diet… but the most important thing to do is listen to your body.

“People will say I don’t eat after 6 pm or 7 pm and that’s fine if you go to bed at 8 pm. But what if you go to bed at midnight, that’s many hours where your stomach and body is missing nourishment. So it’s important to eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full and listen to your body,” said Valerie Pampuch, registered dietician with Gundersen Health System.

If you do have late night cravings, try to stick to something healthy and stay away from processed food.