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Myth of Eating late at night -- debunked!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

So I just read the following in a Myth/Truth quiz on this site:

Everything you eat after 7 pm is more likely to be stored as fat.

False! What? That's contrary to everything I've read and most diet plans ...

Official SP Explanation:
It's a myth that eating late will make you gain weight. Your body doesn't know what time it is when you eat, and it metabolizes all calories the same way, regardless of the time of day they are eaten. There is no real concern with eating late or close to bedtime, unless you find it disrupts your sleep or makes you feel a sick when you lie down to go to bed.

This DOES make sense ... as I track my calories throughout the day, it makes me aware of what I'm eating and when. I think a lot of unnecessary eating happens at night, and that may be why it's not good for you. Snacks, desserts, alcohol, etc are empty calories and should be avoided -- and not only at night!

So this means that eating my healthy dinner at 7 or 9 doesn't make a difference as long as I'm maintaining the recommended caloric intake to lose the weight!
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