Is It OK To Eat At Night if You Want To Lose Fat?
Is it okay to eat at
night if you want to lose weight? Is it okay to have a post-dinner snack? Will it make you gain
weight? The quick answer is yes and now, but the real answer to whether it's okay to eat at nigh and still
lose weight is more complex. Read on to discover the truth.
Scow, NSCA-CPT (aka The Fit Dad) - Fitness and Nutrition
Expert to the true superheroes - busy Moms and Dads! and Author of Fat Loss To Go
Eating at night is a contentious topic.
Is it okay? Should you eat past a
certain time if you want to lose weight?
People truly want to know
if they should eat anything after dinner if they want to lose
fat or if they should eat anything past a
certain time or any other combination of this question.
I don't know where this
idea of not eating past 6pm (or whatever time) and how it pertains to fat
loss got started. I'm sure Oprah said it at some point, so I'll blame it on
There is a little truth to not eating at night after dinner, but I
think there's a bigger picture involved.
What is your reason for eating at night?
Are you really hungry or is there another
I think the reason that
you're eating at night is
Number 1 is that you're bored. The day is winding to a close and you are watching some reality show because there
aren't any scripted shows on thanks to the writers' strike (I miss 24) and you need something to
do. So you go to the refrigerator or cupboard
and grab some comfort food to take up the time.
The other reason is that you want to relax at
Everybody wants to relax at night. It's instinctual. Your body is naturally getting ready to sleep and you need to relax or wind down in
order to sleep.
There's actually a
scientific reason behind this as well.
Most snack foods are high
in sugar. Sugar releases opiates in the brain that make
you feel good.
When you feel good, you relax. When you relax, you are ready to sleep, which makes your body
But these same feel good foods make you fat, which doesn't make
you happy, it makes you mad.
So, the question still remains is
it OK to snack at night or to eat past a certain time.
Of course it's
OK to eat at night.
It's definitely OK to eat past a certain time. The thought that there's some magical cutoff in the day that if you consume anything
after this magical hour you'll be gaining lots of fat is ridiculous.
isn't eating at night, it's what you eat at night.
Are you eating the high
sugar, fat-laden snack foods? Or are you eating something good for you like a piece of fruit or some fat-free dairy
or some almonds.
All of those foods I just mentioned will help you relax and get
ready for sleep, by the way and are good if you want to lose fat.
That's the key to eating at night. Eat healthy snacks. And remember, healthy doesn't have to be boring and healthy isn't inconvenient,
So take that
Oprah! You can eat at night
and lose fat too!
I think I should have my
own talk show called "Ed".
I know for a fact that my "favorite things" episodes would be much
cooler and there's no way Tom Cruise would jump around my furniture without getting a slap in the
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