Current recommendations for lifestyle changes (such as diet changes) to prevent type 2 diabetes and excess weight gain are not reducing the number of people developing diabetes. One reason for the failure is that current diet recommendations may be unrealistic for many adults. This is because constant access to poor quality food (including fast foods, soda, and ultra-processed meals) makes long-term changes to eating habits challenging. New approaches are urgently needed. For example, changing when we eat could promote health. A new study showed that eating most of our daily calories in the evening is linked to a poorer diet and higher calorie intake. Hunger cravings are more common later in the day, and this pattern could influence both what and how much we eat. To learn more, researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,200 adults, and found that eating in the evening accounts for nearly 40% of daily calorie intake. Those who consumed the largest portion of their daily calories in the evening had much poorer diet quality compared with the other groups. More studies are needed to learn how spreading out meals, snacks and/or the types of food we eat in the evening affects our health, including the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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