You know the drill: If you want to lose weight, watch what you eat. But you might also want to take into consideration when you eat.
A University of Kansas at Lawrence study found that eating between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. was a better predictor of weight gain among college students than total calorie intake.
Evidence suggests that nighttime is prime time for storing fat, in which case noshing when the body is metabolically winding down will not help weight-loss efforts. Timing meals might mean a lot when it comes to breakfast, which in effect fires up your calorie-burning furnace for the day.
To keep metabolism on an even keel, maintain regular meal times, avoid late-night binges and spread calorie intake throughout the day. But if you feel inclined to eat an evening snack, consider having a bowl of fruit salad topped with chopped nuts instead of chips or sweets.