Eating Late at Night Does Not Make You Fat

Hey guys! I’m extremely sorry for not being able to post these past 5 days since I’ve been really busy with my school. But rest assured, I will be posting more blogs for the following days to cope with the days that I lacked.

So for today, I would like to discuss about a very common nutrition myth that most of us still believes right now and that is “Eating past 6 P.M. makes you fat.”

Breakfast has long been believed as the king of all meals. Ever since then, even our own grandparents remind us to eat our breakfast since it’s the most important meal of the day. But this belief probably has been misinterpreted into something like “Eating late at night will make you fat.”

Whether it’s genuine case of individuals that late night meals

or research from scientists all over the world, one thing is clear; when you have your meals does not directly influence weight gain.

Researchers from Israel wanted to test whether eating more at night actually led to more weight gain. What they found wasn’t exactly groundbreaking if it wasn’t for the overplayed idea that eating after 6 or 7 pm will make you fat.

In the 6-month study, the scientists compared people who ate their largest meal at breakfast to those who ate their largest meal at dinner (8 p.m. or later). The participants who satisfied their late-night munchies not only lost more fat, they also experienced more fullness throughout the entire 6 months and saw more favorable changes to their fat loss hormones.

Consider some of the impressive findings. Compared to the morning eaters, those who ate at night:

  • Had less hunger cravings and were more satisfied with their meals
  • Lost 11 percent more weight
  • Had a 10 percent greater change in abdominal circumference
  • Lost a whopping 10.5 percent more body fat

Let’s not take this too far. That’s not to say you must eat your biggest meal at night. That’s not what the study showed. But it did offer evidence that late night eating isn’t the weight gain villain.

What’s more, a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture also showed some convincing evidence for nighttime feasts. When dieters ate 70 percent of their calories after 7 p.m. compared to earlier in the day, they preserved muscle mass and lost more body fat. 

This study signifies that what is important is to eat within the calories that matches the energy demand of your weight, not the time that you eat.


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