“Your metabolism slows down late at night.” “All of your energy goes to digestion so you won’t sleep well.” “Your body doesn’t need calories at night, so they turn to fat.”
In the quest for the perfect body, please raise your hand if you have heard this propaganda before.
*looks at a room of hands to the ceiling *
In all fairness, it does sound like it makes a lot of sense but I’m here to tell you be free my child; eat up and eat late (responsibly )! People think that eating once the sun goes down will transform their body in something less favorable. Basically, according to ” them” you’re some kind of mutant. Like Teen Wolf, but for carbs, or something.
While this doesn’t mean take this blog into the kitchen and justify that 10pm slice of cheesecake, it does mean that the conventional wisdom about late night eating is flawed.
In order to understand why we think like this, we need to understand how the body works. Losing weight requires that you consume less energy (calories) than you expend, and meal timing has little bearing on this. .All foods are made up of calories, which you have to consume to lose weight and gain muscle. Let me repeat; Food is fuel. You need calories for your body to function normally, let alone at a level optimal enough for you to alter your body’s make-up. The foods you eat fuel your body to help you get through the day. If the food you eat contains more calories than your body needs, then the excess is converted into fat which your body stores to use later. For every 3500 extra calories you consume, your body produces 1 lb. of fat.
So, about that leftover pasta you are about to microwave? Put that down; keep reading.
1970s-era dietitian, Adelle Davis, famously wrote, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
Davis is essentially advising that we eat full breakfast, a moderate at lunch and like your scared of the digestive system at night. We have to take into account that people who are up late due to working, IG stalking or just having fun should not have to starve to see results because someone said 7pm is the cut off time for your last meal of the day. The goal here is to keep the caloric intake in line with what the body needs to facilitate a change in weight.
So ladies and gentlemen, How much weight you gain (or lose) depends solely on how many calories you take in and how many calories you burn. It doesn’t matter if you consume calories after 7p.m because whether you consume calories at 7am. or 7pm, your body will react the same way.
* notices the sharp decline in page views mainly because people clicked the ‘red X’ at the top right of their screens and are walking towards the kitchen*
Can you eat after 7pm? Sure. What can you eat after 7pm? Now, that’s the question. While eating after 7pm won’t increase the amount of weight you may gain, there are still some risks to late night snacking. Most people don’t plan meals and when you combine late night foraging for food with a poor meal plan, you’re on a slippery slope towards poor food choices. So, the problem isn’t that you ate it at after 7pm, the problem was that ‘it’ was a donut. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, you should grab a piece of fruit or a vegetable. The best options are healthy, high-fiber foods or high in protein foods that will satisfy your hunger without packing lots of calories.