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Ann Woodsworth

Why You Should Stop Eating at Night

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After many years of scientific uncertainty, the truth about the perils of eating at night has been revealed. Initial results of research work by Perelman School of Medicine have put questions to rest.

These particular scientists went on to discover that eating during the earlier parts of the day can be key in healthy dieting. Findings from the research were published in a press release from Penn University. They showed that eating in the evening and then raiding your fridge late at night can be very detrimental to your health. Most notably, this bad habit can adversely influence your weight and metabolism, along with the risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes.

For 2 straight months, the scientists had a group of 9 healthy adults consuming 3 meals along with 2 snacks each day between 8 am to 7 pm. The study group was then given a break of several weeks, after which they were put on a more delayed feeding schedule. This eating pattern limited their meals and snacks consumption to between 12 pm and 11 pm each day. The researchers then assessed the alterations in the volunteers’ weight, metabolic rate and caloric burning. For the group fed later in the day, in the long run they discovered the weight, cholesterol, insulin, triglycerides, and fasting glucose levels skyrocketed. There were troubling hormonal upheavals registered as well.

In essence, eating at night triggered delayed spikes in gherelin, the hormone which stimulates appetite. In turn, this slowed down the release of leptin, the hormone that is chiefly responsible for alerting your body you have eaten to your fill. It is important to note that these findings were markedly different from those of the volunteers’ daytime eating schedule. The overall impressions were eating earlier on could significantly assist in curbing eating late at night. The latter of which now seems to be a nasty habit you could pick up in the context of your health.

Lead author of the research, Namni Goel, explained previous sleep deprivation studies had revealed weight and metabolism can be affected in part by eating late. The initial results of the sleep control aspect of this research paint a clearer picture of the various benefits of eating earlier on in the day.

Eating late, on the other hand, can be detrimental. To begin with, it can have adverse effects on weight, energy and hormone levels. Increased levels of glucose and insulin are prominent, both of which are related to diabetes.

Increased cholesterol along with triglyceride levels has been closely associated with a variety of cardiovascular conditions together with other health challenges. So, it is quite evident that developing the bad habit of eating late of night is clearly detrimental to your overall health and well being. Conversely, making it a point to eat your meals and snacks during the earlier parts of the day can prove to be highly advantageous.

Top 8 Healthy Eating Plans of 2017

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A recent study by GrubHub revealed the surprising way people are changing their attitudes toward certain eating plans.

People are more interested in healthy food, but not just any healthy food. Based on the takeout orders placed in 2016, GrubHub was able to identify the most popular trending diets in the United States. Due to the immense growth the top diets experienced compared to years past, these trends are likely to remain consistent in the near future. There are numerous variables that could have caused these jumps, such as the public’s increased awareness of food’s nutritional value.

Here are some of the most popular diets that you should try out this year.

Paleo is one of the most popular diet choices across America. It consists of foods which are more traditional such as meat, fish, and other animal products along with vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. The Paleo eating plan is popular in Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and Austin, with its orders growth increasing by almost 370 percent in 2016 and still expected to grow more in years to come. Paleo stands to be the ruling amongst the healthy eating plans due to it containing no processed foods and allowing no addition of sugar. This diet also develops a great concept for it includes lots of veggies, adequate healthy fats, proteins and whole foods. This diet can also assist people who intend to shed off some weight, the reason being you fell full quite quickly, and cabs are limited.

Clean eating
This eating plan promotes healthy living and also helps shed off some weight. This is a way of enjoying whole food in their natural state and avoiding anything processed. Clean eating embraces healthy proteins and fats as well as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It’s also preferred by nutritionists due to its healthy benefits

Low fat
This is another way to healthy eating plans across the nations. The diet is popular with men and women for various reasons. The men who are focusing on fitness prefer a low-fat diet such as fruits, vegetables, whole-grain products and a quality amount of lean and low-fat. These are animal based food which includes meat and dairy products. This diet helps control cholesterol and intake of fat, carbs, and calories. It’s generally low in fat thus making it of great help to those people who want to lose or maintain their weight.

Juice cleanse
According to the research, juice cleanses are most popular with women. Juice is pressed or squeezed out of fruits and vegetables and thus its nutritional value is very high. Juice is highly recommended due to its detoxification benefits (though these benefits are up for debate). Juicing may help the body to reduce the amount toxins naturally, and that’s one of the reasons its popularity has soared by almost 89 percent.

Raw Diet
This is also known as the “caveman diet.” There are numerous health benefits associated with this eating plan, especially the level of nutrients. Researched showed the popularity of raw food increased by almost 92 percent in 2016. Raw foods include unprocessed, uncooked and mostly the organic foods. Most of these foods include fruits and vegetables and sprouted grains, seeds, and nuts in raw form for maximum nutritional benefits.

This is another eating plan that’s enjoying immense popularity due to its rich nutrients. Veganism has highly increased in popularity by almost 58 percent in 2016 in comparison to the previous years. The growth is still expected to increase further in the coming years due to the rise in demand. The vegan diet contains only plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds; it includes no animal products whatsoever. Despite its popularity, this can be an expensive lifestyle.

Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet incorporates healthy eating basics. It contains the most healthy diets such as vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains. This eating plan is known to reduce the risks of heart diseases possibly even breast cancer. Having grown gradually by 7 percent over past years, it is expected to remain popular in 2017 and coming years. The diet is also great for weight loss.

Ketogenic diet
No one would have that ketogenic diet would make it to this list, but the fact is many people are embracing it due to its immense health benefits. Although it has grown gradually by 5 percent from the previous years, it’s expected to increase in growth in 2017 and coming years. This is a low carb diet which provides numerous health benefits. It’s a great diet for weight loss and will also increase energy levels in the body.