Late-Night Eating Weight Gain: Myth or Fact?Posted on Sep 29th 2010 2:00PM by Hilary Walke
While nighttime eating and weight gain have been linked, there are a number of factors to consider before making a concrete assumption that the weight you've gained this week is attributed to time of day you were eating.
The bottom line is when total calories are taken into account, most studies have found that nighttime eating is actually not to blame for weight gain. Is this habit a scapegoat or a real issue? We asked our readers how often they late-night eat and if they think it is a real weight gain problem.
I eat after dinner, sometimes 9 pm or so. I don't think that night time eating leads to weight gain. It's what you eat during the day/night, how often you eat and how many calories you eat.
Depends on what you eat, so in my case YES!
Well, I eat out night every single night. I don't eat dinner until 7:30, 8:00 every night and I've lost 42 pounds and still losing! It's what you eat, not when you eat and it's how much you move!
I found that once I stopped eating after a healthy dinner I didn't have trouble with night time heartburn, I slept better, and my weight has dropped steadily! Makes a huge difference!
It's all about balance - calories, exercise, and hormones! Weight gain can occur when one of the 3 is out of balance.
I quit eating anything after dinner besides water and have lost quit a bit of weight and I sleep much better. Remember those carbs turn to sugar when you are sleeping!
I don't know whether or not it causes weight gain, but it sure as hell causes heartburn.
I don't eat much past 6. When you slow down and you aren't doing as much physically, you're too likely to put back on all the work it was to take it off, and I'm NOT going there. Not after losing 96 pounds I'm not. ;-)
That is an urban legend or something, probably because people seem to crave trashy food at night (raises hand). lf you are active through the day, and try to eat reasonably decently, you will likely be ok. l have been able to lose consistently even with my bad habits because l am busy.
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