Irregular eating schedules during the weekend, known as “eating jet lag,” has been linked to an increased body mass index (BMI), according to a new study published in Nutrients. Over 1,100 young people were quizzed on their eating habits. The study also analysed the relation between BMI and the variability in eating timing during the weekends compared to the weekdays. Participants who experienced eating jet lag experienced an average BMI increase of 1.34 kg/m2, as well as a higher risk of obesity. These findings showed that changing the timing of three meals on the weekend was linked to obesity. Chronodisruption is what researchers believe is responsible for this correlation. Basically, your body gets confused when it does not get fed the same time everyday. Study co-author, Maria Izquierdo Pulido said, “When intake takes place regularly, the circadian clock ensures that the body’s metabolic pathways act to assimilate nutrients.” Eating food off schedule alters the body’s metabolic functions, thus, confusing your body. Because of this, it is best to maintain a consistent eating schedule even on the weekends.
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