10 Unhealthy Habits You Need to Break Now (Page 3)

Eating Late at Night

2. Eating Late at Night

There are a couple of reasons why you should think about moving your dinner hour earlier: a recent study in Cell Metabolism found that mice who ate an early dinner and then fasted for 16 hours were slimmer than those who ate the same amount of calories but snacked around the clock. In fact, even the mice fed a high-fat diet gained less weight when they fasted. Researchers suspect that the longer lapse between meals allows the body to process the food more efficiently. Another reason is that you may sleep better: according to the National Institutes of Health, late-night meals can cause indigestion that interferes with sleep.

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