Avoiding your nighttime meal could potentially mean extra pounds in the long run, a new study from Osaka University suggests. (iStock)

Skipping your supper might lead to weight gain down the line, finds a new study. Osaka University researchers found that participants who regularly skipped dinner were likely to gain weight or be overweight. In addition, skipping supper was more “associated with overweight/obesity in men and women, respectively” than skipping breakfast or lunch was. Researchers are not completely sure why skipping dinner appears to contribute to weight gain, but they theorize that it could be due to “an excess of energy intake” that can occur with an unregulated appetite. In other words, skipping dinner could leave a person feeling hungrier than usual, which then could lead a person to eat more than they usually would.