Does Eating Late At Night Cause Weight Gain

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This is a myth that you can scribble off your myths list. The time of day has no bearing on fat storage and weight gain. The fact is weight gain is a function of total calories consumed v/s a person’s energy expenditure and metabolic rate. Your digestive system religiously does it’s job whenever you ask it to.

The notion of having a fixed cut off time was to program people to stop eating 3 hours prior to hitting the bed, keeping digestion and personal comfort in mind. As the day winds down your metabolism does slow down and a full stomach means asking your digestive system to overwork while it’s trying to shut down. This doesn’t lead to weight gain but going to sleep on a full stomach leads to fitful sleep, gas and indigestion as your digestive functions are working and not at rest.

Also late night eating (binging) normally isn’t fueled by hunger but driven by habit, boredom, tiredness, or stress. Calorie-dense food is far more appealing than preparing and consuming a well-balanced, healthier meal when you’re tired and just want to relax in front of the TV or with friends/family. So you end up with chips, cookies, chocolate, pizza, and ice cream on your plate most days. A fixed time deters many from eating too much of “junk food” at one go. The later you eat, lower the chances that you wake with real hunger and appetite, making you skip breakfast which helps control calorie intake throughout the day.

So finally, your total caloric intake for the day is what matters–not the time at which you eat your calories. Eating late at night won’t make you fat but eat mindfully to satisfy real hunger rather than stress or boredom. In any case avoid overeating as your body will store the extra calories as fat, no matter what time you consume them. 

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Enzera Boenzu
Enzera Boenzu 5pts

I ate past eight... but it was an organic Orange. Is that ok? Or no food past that time including healthy foods?

Alex Thornton
Alex Thornton 5pts

I can never find a clear answer to help with this its a pain ...

Vicky Fox
Vicky Fox 5pts

Do what suits you. Do what works for you.

Melissa Bardwell
Melissa Bardwell 5pts

I work nights and my eating times are wrecking havoc on my body.

Linda Wahler-Boggier
Linda Wahler-Boggier 5pts

Doing this tests and recalibrate a the digestive organs. Stabilized insulin and Leptin. Be sure to have a protein rich breakfast within 1 hour of rising. Read " MASTERING LEPTIN" by Byron Richsrds, CCN

Charles M Van Horn
Charles M Van Horn 5pts

we should not eat 3 hours before sleeping. And you should not eat for 12 hours in between dinner and breakfast...allowing yourself to essentially fast half your life. Example....if you eat breakfast at 8 am, do not eat later than 8 pm the night before.

Maria DiStefano
Maria DiStefano 5pts

Shut up with all the weight stuff\U0001f44e\U0001f3fc

Shiv Raj
Shiv Raj 5pts

I was 55 before starting my job And in 3 years I m 83kg now

Danc Erwit Chhybrid
Danc Erwit Chhybrid 5pts

depends on constitution , what is after the meal and when bedtime is and what kind of food is eaten.

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez 5pts

Yes every case is different, every body is different. Metabolism is different person to person. There's also other factors that cause weight gain, not just eating late or eating "junk food"

Ayurveda 5pts

No! Every case always has exceptions! Antonio Martinez :)

Shiv Raj
Shiv Raj 5pts

Yes... I m good example...

Danielle Long-Cross
Danielle Long-Cross 5pts

It depends on what you eat and how your body digests. Digestion is at its best while you are sleeping and at rest.

Wendy Guzman
Wendy Guzman 5pts

No entiendo nada; en español por favor.

Lynn Tasha
Lynn Tasha 5pts

Yes it will cause u don't let ur food digest g4 u go 2 bed

M Lorene Harrison
M Lorene Harrison 5pts

E Grace Harrison Joe Harrison Rachel Ledgerwood I hate eating late at night but somehow end up doing it anyway I'm not saying you guys are fat please don't think that I'm just giving you tips

Anoja V
Anoja V 5pts

Yes, the fastest way to gain weight from my experience and from observing people around me.

Enola Evans
Enola Evans 5pts

Yes, when I was skinny and wanted . To gain weight I ate every night before I went to bed and gain 8 lbs.

Susan Day
Susan Day 5pts

Doesn't it depend on what you do afterwards?

Tammy Bateman-ramey
Tammy Bateman-ramey 5pts

I hate eating after 9pm, I feel so full and then my acid reflux kicks in

Antonio Martinez
Antonio Martinez 5pts

That question can never be answered for the entire population. It depends on all aspects of the body, what you are eating and how much of it you consume, and what activity you are doing before/during /after you eat

Sharon Pollock
Sharon Pollock 5pts

And the science to back this up is?????? Ayurveda says Pitta time is between 10 and 2. 10 am to 2 pm the liver digests. 10 pm to 2 am the liver cleanses. If the liver has to digest late night eaten food when it's supposed to detox, the toxins it can't process need to go somewhere. The body will make extra fat to store it. Calories in/calories out is getting debunked more and more. We are told so many different things by different experts. I'm confused that this article is on an Ayurvedic website. Since I have started eating a big lunch and smaller dinner with no change in caloric intake I have lost 20 lbs. I guess we all have to find what works for us as individuals.

Aamir Alnoor Habib
Aamir Alnoor Habib 5pts

dekho Anna Hemani mai bolta tha apko late mat khao magar kabhi tu na nahi mana meri baat ap paachtai kya jab chirya chug gai khait :D