A study published in the journal Obesity found that the body's internal clock, the circadian system, increases hunger and cravings for sweet, starchy and salty foods in the evenings. Some scientists even think this craving goes as far back as the days of the caveman, when eating at night increased the body's nutritional storage. In the present day, however, it's for better or worse! Since consuming more calories in the evening predisposes people to more energy storage, larger meals before sleep tend to be associated with weight gain.
For more details on this interesting study, see: www.eurekalert.org
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