Sleep deprivation has been shown in numerous studies to be associated with weight gain. In a recent study early data strongly hints that thin persons eating meals late in the day or at night are at greater risk of gaining weight. This no matter how much sleep you get. Interestingly ‘not sleep deprived’ was 7 hours sleep for this experiment.
The premise for results is the negative effects of fuel oxidation, energy metabolism, and hormone flux (all measured). Insulin and cholesterol levels also were increased and during the noon to 11 p.m. eating period. No late night dinner dates!
On the topic of healthy eating, let me remind you of the well recognized and researched Mediterranean diet. I wrote a short blog on it’s importance but a well done treatise on it is available at ‘jenreviews’ -worth the read!