It has been said for years that late night snacking is TERRIBLE for you.  What if I was here to tell you that that is not entirely true? It’s WHAT most people eat at night that affects your weight, not necessarily the time. Though it is not recommended for reasons beyond gaining weight, eating at night is not horrible for you.

Night Meals are a No-Go?

We always believed that eating late at night could lead to gaining weight. Because our body burns fewer calories at night, it would sound reasonable to take in fewer calories compared to in the morning or afternoon. So do we have to say goodbye to late night eating? Fortunately, research suggests that IF possible, one should not eat 1.5 to 2 hours before going to bed.  However, many suggest that if you are hungry you should eat, regardless of the time.

People Still Believe The Everlasting Myth

Two things come to mind when I think about why people still believe this myth; they did not eat in moderation, or what they ate was unhealthy. Both of these can make one believe they are actually gaining more weight from the food they eat at night.  I’m guilty of it myself.  I have a nasty habit of waking up in the middle of the night, going to the fridge, eating, and going right back to sleep.  Not only did I often times not remember what I ate, I also don’t remember how much I ate.  I can tell you one thing I do know, though, I am certainly not whipping up a salad or an egg white omelette at 3 in the morning when I go on my late night binge.  I am eating chips, ice cream, left overs, and whatever else I can get my hands on without getting caught by anyone else in the house as I stand at the fridge in my underwear.

It’s All About Lifestyle Control and meal Intake that determines your Weight

One way I convinced myself that these late night munchies weren’t so bad was by being prepared.  If I was prepared, I could have an apple already sliced, or some yogurt with honey in Tupperware. Now, when I woke up I could still easily grab a snack, only now it was healthy. You also don’t have to worry about overeating because the snacks are pre rationed.  Of course, the best option would be to not eat at 3 in the morning and go right back to bed.  But hey, if they’re going to tell me to eat when I’m hungry, I’m going to!