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Does Nighttime Eating Makes You Fat?
I'm sure all of us at one time or another, have heard that if you eat late at night, you will get fat. You can put this diet myth to bed. There's no conclusive proof that late-night meals cause you to put on weight. What we do know is that too many calories can cause weight gain, and many night eaters do tend to overeat and choose high-calorie foods. Still, what you eat right before bedtime can lead to heartburn and indigestion. So, try to stick to regular — and earlier — mealtimes.
What Does Science Says: Late Night Eating Does Not Make You Fat
Researchers from Israel wanted to test whether eating more at night actually led to more weight gain. What they found wasn't exactly groundbreaking if it wasn't for the overplayed idea that eating after 6 or 7 pm will make you fat. In the 6-month study, the scientists compared people who ate their largest meal at breakfast to those who ate their largest meal at dinner (8 p.m. or later). The participants who satisfied their late-night munchies not only lost more fat, they also experienced more fullness throughout the entire 6 months and saw more favorable changes to their fat loss hormones.
Consider some of the impressive findings. Compared to the morning eaters, those who ate at night:
· Had less hunger cravings and were more satisfied with their meals
· Lost 11 percent more weight
· Had a 10 percent greater change in abdominal circumference
· Lost a whopping 10.5 percent more body fat
Let's not take this too far. That's not to say you must eat your biggest meal at night. That's not what the study showed. But it did offer evidence that late night eating isn't the weight gain villain.
What's more, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also showed some similar and convincing evidence for nighttime feasts. When dieters ate 70 percent of their calories after 7 p.m. compared to earlier in the day, they preserved muscle mass and lost more body fat.
Why do we eat late at night?
Many people eat at night out of boredom or other emotions instead of hunger, and they wind up consuming more calories than they need for the day.
Nighttime eaters typically bust past their calorie goal, which leads to fat storage. But that doesn't mean your body processes food differently at different times of day, particularly at night. However, if one meal turns into three, then you have a problem.
Good point to remember: It is Not when you eat that causes you to gain weight, it is Calories, Personality and Behavioral Triggers that are the Enemies of weight loss..
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