You’re eating healthier at night than you are at daybreak, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin found that people ate more calories during the night and had less appetite and mood after eating a healthy snack than they did during the day.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that the amount of calories consumed during the afternoon and evening hours correlated with a reduction in the amount people were able to store.
The results showed that eating a snack between 6:00pm and 8:00am was associated with a decrease in energy expenditure of around 1,300 kcal, or around 2.5 kilojoules per kilogram of body weight.
The research found that eating snacks between 7:00 and 9:00 am was associated the same as consuming snacks between 8:30pm and 9am.
Dr Rachel M. Korn, a research fellow at the university, said: ‘While the study does not prove that consuming a snack during the evening hours has a negative effect on energy balance, we believe that it is important to look at the health impacts of consuming such snacks during the evenings.’
This suggests that people who eat snacks during evenings should be mindful of their calorie intake, including snacks at other times.’