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Late-night snacks could pack on the pounds: study






A man walks past the New York Stock Exchange after trading hours in New York August 17, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A man walks past the New York Stock Exchange after trading hours in New York August 17, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
</head> <body> <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Midnight raids on the refrigerator may have worse consequences than indigestion -- a study in mice boosts the theory that when you eat affects whether the calories go to your hips or get burned off.</p> <p>Mice fed during the daytime -- when they normally would be sleeping -- gained more weight than mice fed at night, Fred Turek of Northwestern University in Illinois and colleagues found.</p> <p>They ended up weighing 7.8 percent more than night-fed mice. This held even though the mice were fed identical amounts of food and exercised the same amount, they said in the study published on Friday in the International Journal of Obesity.</p> <p>"Simply modifying the time of feeding alone can greatly affect body weight," they wrote.</p> <p>"Mice fed a high-fat diet only during the 'right' feeding time (i.e., during the dark) weigh significantly less than mice fed only during the time when feeding is normally reduced (i.e., during the light)."</p> <p>The finding might help people trying to lose weight, the researchers said.</p> <p>It may be possible to simply change the timing of meals and snacks, they said. That could mean eating more in the daytime and cutting back on the late-night ice cream.</p> <p>(Editing by Xavier Briand)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/sep/04/late-night-snacks-could-pack-on-the-pounds-study/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script src="http://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#appId=112315878855956&xfbml=1"></script><fb:like href="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/sep/04/late-night-snacks-could-pack-on-the-pounds-study/" action="recommend" send="true" layout="button_count" width="150" show_faces="false" font=""></fb:like></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" data-url="http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/sep/04/late-night-snacks-could-pack-on-the-pounds-study/" data-text="Late-night snacks could pack on the pounds: study" data-count="horizontal">Tweet</a><script type="text/javascript" src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script></li> </ul><!-- end social-share-btns --> </aside> </div><!-- end article-container --> <section class="clearfix text-ad-container"><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div><div class="text-ad"></div></section> <div id='taboola-below-main-column'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'thumbs-2r', container:'taboola-below-main-column', placement:'below-main-column'}); </script> <div id='taboola-text-2-columns'></div> <script type="text/javascript"> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({mode:'text-links-5r', container:'taboola-text-2-columns', placement:'text-2-columns'}); </script> <script> window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush:true}); </script> <section class="comment-container"> <h1 class="h2 visuallyhidden">Comments</h1> <a href="/news/articles/2009/sep/04/late-night-snacks-could-pack-on-the-pounds-study/#disqus_thread"></a> <div id="disqus_thread" class="section-widget"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var disqus_shortname = 'wkzo'; var disqus_title = 'Late-night snacks could pack on the pounds: study'; var disqus_url = 'http://wkzo.com/news/articles/2009/sep/04/late-night-snacks-could-pack-on-the-pounds-study/'; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); </script> </section><!-- end comment-container --> </article> </div><!-- end of col-1 --> <div id="col-2"> <form class="section-search-form clearfix" method="get" action="/search/"> <fieldset class="clearfix"> <input class="section-search" type="text" rel="Search News" name="q" placeholder="Search News" /> <input class="section-search-submit" type="image" alt="Search" src="http://static.mwcradio.com/images/icons/section-search.gif" /> </fieldset> </form> <div class="ad-300x250"></div> <aside class="aside-module top-stories"> <h1>Top Stories</h1> <ul class="unstyled-list single-col-list"> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/20/kalamazoos-easter-egg-hunt-attracts-a-huge-crowd/" title="Full Article: Kalamazoo's Easter Egg Hunt attracts a huge crowd">Kalamazoo's Easter Egg Hunt attracts a huge crowd</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/20/kalamazoo-water-utility-bills-will-be-going-up/" title="Full Article: Kalamazoo Water Utility bills will be going up ">Kalamazoo Water Utility bills will be going up </a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/20/2014-kalamazoo-marathon-to-feature-runner-from-each-state/" title="Full Article: 2014 Kalamazoo Marathon to Feature Runner From Each State">2014 Kalamazoo Marathon to Feature Runner From E...</a></li> <li><a href="/news/articles/2014/apr/20/ez-memorial-run-attrracts-hundreds-and-raises-thousands/" title="Full Article: Kalamazoo's E.Z. 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