Time Your Meals to Combat Diabetes

The early bird should get the worm.


One of the easiest ways to combat type 2 diabetes is by achieving a healthy weight and exercising moderately. Many people already diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should consider weight loss as they work to reverse their diagnosis.

Luckily, scientists have found yet another easy way to achieve weight loss.

So, what is this scientific advice?

Don’t eat late at night.

Late Meals Can Cause Weight Gain

It has already been established that poor sleep habits can lead to weight gain. Scientists are aware that sleep, both good and bad, influences brain functioning. However, they also dismissed the weight gain as a possible result of late night eating, which is often a habit of those who don’t sleep regularly.

Because they wanted to know which was really causing all this weight gain, poor sleep habits or late night eating, a group of scientists created a study to determine just that.

The experiment had two conditions. The first condition was to eat three meals and two snacks between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. The second condition was to eat the same amount of food but between the hours of noon and 11 p.m. Each condition lasted for 8 weeks.

The study monitored 9 healthy-weighing adults through both the first and the second condition. This allowed them to compare data within the same body and see how their vitals were affected.

Researchers found that when the participants ate in the second condition, they indeed gained weight. Not only that, though. They also found that their metabolic profiles were out of whack, too.

Their insulin, fasting glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels all increased during the second condition. Each of these markers being crucial data points in diabetics.

As far as diabetics go, this is a super simple way to help bring those metabolic markers down into a safe zone.

Eat between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to help your body lose a little bit of weight without much effort.


Science Daily. URL Link. Retrieved June 6, 2017.

Marquis is a freelance writer currently living in Ecuador. She contributes to health blogs as well as writes about her experiences as an expat in Ecuador. Her background is in Psychology but she has left that behind to write, on the road.