If you lead a busy lifestyle, it can be hard to keep your eating habits in check – i.e. trying to fit lunch in between the socially acceptable hours of 12pm and 4pm.
However, new research shows that grabbing meals as and when we can is actually screwing us over in the long run.
Scientists from King’s College London reviewed studies that looked at the impact of meal patterns on our overall health – the results being more detrimental than you might expect.
The findings suggested that eating when you can vs when you actually should is linked to a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which is linked to a high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and obesity.
As well as this, eating whenever you get time impacts your internal body clock, which runs in a 24-hour cycle – basically eating out of sync is bad news for your body.
The bodies internal clock has a huge effect on the metabolic process including your appetite, digestion and how the body breaks down fat.
If you eat lunch at noon one day, but do not eat until 2.30pm the following day and continue to eat in this broken patterned way, it throws your body out of whack.
While it’s ok for this to happen on occasion, the research followed people’s diets for two weeks and found those who ate irregularly during the time period had higher cholesterol levels than those who ate at the same time every day – regardless to whether the person was lean or overweight.
A further issue that researchers highlighted was that stretching out mealtime tends to lead to poor nutrition choices when you do finally eat.
The best way to tackle this issue is to figure out when is best for you to eat and try to stick to it the best you can – your health and your grumbling stomach will thank you in the long run.