Friday, August 23, 2013

Does Eating at Night Make You Fat?

Many people believe eating “after 8PM” will lead to weight gain. This is not necessarily true. Weight gain is based on caloric intake and caloric expenditure. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. It doesn’t matter whether the calories came from eating breakfast, lunch, or a late-night snack.

The most important factor is not when you eat, but what and how much. People often eat more calorie-dense foods at night. If your late-night snack is a bag of chips, you might be in trouble. On the other hand, if you eat a cup of Greek yogurt and blueberries, you’re on the right track to maintaining a healthy weight.

The bottom line is you should eat whenever you are truly hungry – just go for lighter, more nutrient-dense foods.

Gage Livingston
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Milwaukee, WI

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