Nutritionists often recommend that you need to modify your eating habits if you really want to lose weight. You need to exercise regularly and cut down on your daily calorie intake if you hope to see any difference in your weight.
To help you kickstart the process, there are plenty of resources available detailing great diet plans and rigorous fitness plans as part of their healthy weight loss programs.
However, according to a recent research, it is now being said that the time of day you eat your food may actually have a great impact upon your weight loss efforts.
For example, eating a healthy, fulfilling breakfast based on the principles of a balanced diet is considered to be a great way to kick start your weight loss journey. But, eating the same at night may actually cause problems.
The Impact of Late-Night Eating
According to research, many experts believe that although a direct correlation has not been found which may categorically link weight gain with eating late at night, which is why a conclusive statement cannot be given at this point.
However, there does exist a difference in how our body reacts to the same food at different times of the day, which makes it imperative that an assessment is made about if and how different foods react with our body at different parts of the day.
Regardless, the general perception is that you should stop eating at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed as this way you will avoid digestive issues such as heart burn or indigestion.
Also, in order to stay healthy and avoid such digestive problems, you need to adopt certain healthy eating habits throughout your day and not only during specific times of the day. For example, you shouldn’t have a salad for lunch and then KFC fried chicken for dinner.
Should You Avoid Eating Late at Night?
Remember, the number of calories you eat, whether it’s during daytime or nighttime, will obviously remain the same.
However, the calories you consume during the day are burnt at a relatively faster pace because you stay active and engage in different activities, while nighttime calories, in contrast, are burnt at a much slower rate because your body is at rest for most part of the night.
This means that the calories you take at night have a higher chance of converting into fat than the calories taken during the daytime. This is a major reason why nutritionists recommend not to consume any fried food or high-calorie food during the night.
Studies have also shown that people who often experience late-night cravings consume food which is not healthy and also high in calories. Fast food chains usually offer huge discounts on meal after midnight for the same reason, as many people are in the mood for fries and burgers at that time.
Eating such foods at a time when your body is already exhausted after an entire day’s worth of physical and mental activity will make it difficult for your body to digest the food in a proper manner, leading to accumulation of bad fat.
Perpetual Tiredness Causes You To Eat Unhealthy Food
According to studies, our body’s desire to consume high calorie foods is greater when the body is experiencing tiredness.
This happens because although our sleep hormones are active but we are not letting our body fall sleep at that time, which is when our appetite levels usually spike and, because our body is low on energy, as a defense mechanism our mind gives signals to the body to procure more food in order to fulfill the energy deficiency.
Because the situation demands an emergency response, we are naturally tempted to go for high-calorie foods.
Luckily, many food menus in restaurants are now including options for people who are watching their weight, offering low calorie foods as substitutes to high calorie foods.
However, many dietitians are of view that Christmas is that time of the year when even the most weight-conscious people indulge in Christmas treats prepared by their loved ones. Hence, regardless of how far you’ve come, you need to be extra cautious especially during this holiday season.