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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?


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.