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How Late is Too Late to Eat Dinner? | Davey Wavey Fitness


How Late is Too Late to Eat Dinner?

Hey Davey,

I recently changed careers to a job that keeps me later into the evening. I don’t get home from work until 8 or 9PM and I still have to cook dinner and then go to bed. Though I haven’t noticed any weight gain from eating late, I’m concerned. How late is too late?

From,
Jason

Have you ever heard the saying, “Eat after eight and you will gain weight”? You’re certainly not alone. As it turns out, it’s a popular myth that is rooted in some truth. Research has shown that what you eat is far more important than when you eat it. Rather than being related to meal timing, obesity rates are linked to the types and quantities of foods that we eat.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Overeating at night is very easy. Some people save up their calories during the day and then binge at night. This is entirely unhelpful for your metabolism – which prefers meals spread out through the course of the day. In addition, many people graze during the evening – and often end up eating too many calories as a result.  We also tend to select less healthy foods late at night. Perhaps we’re tired and we let our guard down, and then get caught up in mindless munching.

So what does it all mean?

If you’re only choice is to eat late at night, don’t sweat it. Just be extra careful to make smart choices and to limit your portions in accordance with your daily calorie requirements. If you eat healthy foods and proper portions, and do a good job of spacing out your other meals, you’ll be just fine.

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Comments

  1. Davey, I love you. I love this post, too, but “If you’re only choice” should be “If your only choice.” Sorry. Again, I love you but I just couldn’t resist making this itsy bitsy correction. The reason why I’m posting this comment is because I love you. I hope you realise that. I really hope you don’t hate me for this.

    Love and Peace,
    Ludwig

  2. I’ve been told that if you really want to eat something at night you just have to keep it light. Lean yoghurt or quark, fruits or whole wheat crackers seem to do the trick for me. But then again, I tend to stay up late 😀

  3. If it mattered, people in Spain who routinely eat after 10p.m. would all be obese and Americans at the early bird special would be thin. Not the case.

  4. From personal experience I can say that when you’re tired, you sometimes confuse tiredness with hunger. If you find yourself hungry late at night, but no amount of food seems to help, try going to sleep instead.

    • This is actually what I do.
      I realized that since I work till 7PM (come home at about 7:30PM) to avoid overeating I eat really light and NEVER fruits since it contains sugar and you don’t really need more energy late at night :).
      But sometimes after my workout (about 8PM-9PM) I just go to sleep if I feel really tired or try to drink a lot of water and relax.
      Overall, I try not to eat anything at least 3 hours before I go to sleep. So if I plan to go to sleep at 11PM I won’t eat anything after 8:30-9:00PM. But I never eat after 9PM no matter when I go to sleep. It’s not that I want to starve myself, it’s just that it doesn’t feel good, I always feel heavy in my stomach. Like I ate a rock.

  5. christopher says:

    eat the right stuff-and dont eat too late-take your meds-get the right amount of sleep.its not always easy.strive for these goals.