Research has shown that saving the majority of carbohydrate intake for dinner reduces the risk of developing diabetes or cardiovascular disease as a result of obesity. This change in an individual's eating pattern alters the secretion patterns of hormones that control hunger, satiety, and hormones associated with obesity. Individuals in the study who followed this eating pattern felt more satiated, had better blood sugar and lipid readings, and had better weight control than those who ate carbohydrates throughout the day.
According to researcher Zecharia Madar, "The findings lay the basis for a more appropriate dietary alternative for those people who have difficulty persisting in diets over time." The study focused on the levels of three hormones: leptin, ghrelin, and adiponectin. Leptin is the satiety hormone, ghrelin is the hunger hormone, and adiponectin influences insulin resistance and risk factors that increase the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
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- Limiting Carbs to Dinner-Time Increases Satiety (Science Daily)