Night eaters find it harder to lose weight and may suffer from depression, low self-esteem and reduced daytime hunger.   cardiovascular exercise for weight loss

If you skip breakfast 4 days a week or more, consume more than 50% of your calories after 7 pm and have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you may be considered a night eater and possibly have night eating syndrome. This study found that 14% of obese people wanting to lose weight were indeed night eaters. Scientists gave overweight people that were night eaters and non-night eaters a liquid test meal for a month until they were extremely full.
When these night eaters were surveyed, they discovered that night eaters had higher depression, lower self esteem and surprisingly less hunger and more fullness before the daytime meal compared to the others. No significant differences were observed in the test meal intake between night eaters and non-night eaters. However, true to their symptom, night eaters did consume more of this test meal later on in the day.
Even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories, the night eaters lost less weight (-4.4kg) compared to non night eaters (-7.3kg) in this one month period. This could be because calories consumed later on in the day are more likely to get stored, since you are less active after 7 pm. In fact other studies show that when comparing meals with exactly the same calories, those that consume that meal earlier in the day, such as breakfast, tend to store less of it and thus greatly contribute to their weight loss, or more specifically, fat loss.
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REFERENCE: Obes Res. 2001 Apr;9(4):264-7.
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