A high-calorie diet may lead to overeating and obesity due to disruption of body clock – Times Now


Posted: January 7, 2020 at 5:48 am

A high-calorie diet may lead to overeating and obesity due to disruption of body clock  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: If midnight snacking, or overeating are your concerns when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, you must pay attention. If your excuse for the midnight snack is that you cannot go to sleep, a new study has found that the two may actually have a cause and effect relationship.

According to a new study by a team of US researchers, it has been found that the pleasure centre of the brain that produces dopamine, and the biological clock that regulates our body functions and rhythms are affected by the high-calorie foods we eat. These high-calorie foods bring pleasure, and disrupt the normal feeding schedules, resulting in overconsumption.

The team was led by Ali Guler, a professor of Biology and the University of Virginia. It was found by the study that when mice were fed a diet comparable to a wild diet in calories and fats, they maintained normal eating and exercise schedules and proper weight. However, when the other group was fed a high-calorie diet rich in fat and sugar, they began snacking at odd hours and became obese.

It was also found that in the latter case, mice experienced a dopamine signalling disruption, which meant that they experienced a rewarding pleasure of the high-fat diet, and therefore wanted to consume more of it.

Since obesity is a risk factor for many diseases and disorders, and the inclination of people towards unhealthy diet patterns and lifestyle is increasing, this study may help people understand and reduce their consumption of high-calorie diets, and switch to a healthier diet.

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