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Myth busted: are calories eaten at night more fattening?
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Modern wisdom suggests a calorie is a calorie, no matter when you eat it. So why is night time eating associated with weight gain?
A 2009 study perpetuated this myth, finding that eating at night led to twice as much weight gain as eating the same amount in the morning.
The study was done on mice but the same findings weren’t found on humans.
This being said, below are some reasons why you should be careful when eating at night.
Many people eat at night out of boredom or other emotions, rather than hunger. This generally leads to the consumption of excess calories.
Weight loss is dependent on eating less calories than you burn, over time. This formula, known as the calorie in/calorie out method of weight loss, means your ability to gain, maintain, or lose weight is therefore about what you eat and how much, not when you eat it.
The issues arise when eating at night turns to mindless snacking of unhealthy foods.
Ensuring portion sizes are appropriate and snacks are relatively healthy can help mitigate any negative effects of eating at night.
Eat, sleep, eat, repeat
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, eating before sleeping can cause indigestion, interrupting your regular sleeping pattern.
Researchers from the University of Chicago report a lack of sleep can slow your metabolism and decrease the number of calories you burn.
People with sleep deficiencies tend to eat more energy-dense foods to compensate for the tired feeling that accompanies sleeplessness.
This, combined with the fact that a tired person is more likely to conserve energy and reduce physical exertion, results in consuming more calories than are burned.