New York: Are you looking to lose some extra weight around your waist? Read on. According to the researchers, dining late at night can lead to high blood sugar levels and put people at increased risk of being overweight. According to the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, it is estimated that over 2.1 billion adults are overweight or obese which makes health complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure more likely. Some studies suggest that end-of-day calorie consumption is associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. "This study sheds light on how eating late for dinner worsens glucose tolerance and reduces the amount of fat burned. The effect of eating late varies greatly between people and depends on the usual time of bedtime," he said. author of the study Jonathan C. Jun of Johns Hopkins University in the United States. "This shows that some people may be more vulnerable to late consumption than others. If the metabolic effects we observed with a single meal continue to occur chronically, late consumption could lead to consequences such as diabetes or obesity". Jun added. For the results, the research team studied 20 healthy volunteers (10 men and 10 women) to see how they metabolized the dinner eaten at 10pm compared to 6pm. All volunteers went to bed at 11pm. found that blood sugar levels were higher and the amount of ingested fat burned was lower with subsequent diners, even when the same meal was provided at two different times. On average, the peak glucose level after late dinner was around 18, data showed that the percentage of fat burned overnight decreased by about 10% more than at a previous dinner. "The effects we have seen on healthy volunteers may be more pronounced in people with obesity or diabetes, who already have a compromised metabolism," said first study author Chenjuan Gu. "We have yet to do more experiments to see if these effects continue over time and if they are caused more by behavior (like sleeping right after a meal) or circadian rhythms of the body," wrote the authors.