Monday, September 7, 2009

Late-night snacks help pack on kilos

Snacks are liked by everyone, but at midnight raids on the refrigerator may have worse consequences than indigestion and a study in mice boosts the theory that when you eat affects whether the calories go to your hips or get burned off. Mice fed during the daytime when they normally would be sleeping gained more weight than mice fed at night, Fred Turek of North western University in Illinois and colleagues found. They ended up weighing 7.8% more than night-fed mice. This held even though the mice were fed identical amounts of food and exercised the same amount they said in the study.

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