Did you ever hear that advice to not eat after 7 P.M. (or 6 or 8 or whatever random time)?
It’s totally, in a word, stupid.
Last time I checked, my stomach was not wearing a watch.
Now for some people, this might work. As with all things, the stuff of life is never one size fits all. (And yes, those clothing tags are a complete lie!) There is, naturally, a real reason this rule works for some. This rule is really meant for those lovelies who camp out on the couch and snack all night long. If you are one of them this little bit of advice might seem to magically shrink you down.
Are you a couch snacker?
But the reality is this: time aside, over eating is never a good idea. Too much food is too much food – doesn’t matter when you eat it.
I routinely eat after dark. And guess what? It has never, ever, ever caused me to gain weight. Now, I will gain if I eat too much – but that happens to us all, no matter what time of day it is when we chow down.
At the moment I work two jobs. This means I don’t get home till after 9 most nights. Because I can’t eat while I am at work (I can, actually, but I always get interrupted a million times and it always is just an unpleasant experience so I prefer to wait till I can get home and eat in peace), I will break open the fridge at 10, sometimes even 11 o’clock at night. That’s my schedule. And it hasn’t wreaked havoc on my waistline.
A heavy meal before bed is certainly never a wise choice. It’s not really wise at any point. But as Katie Clark, R.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of family health care nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, puts it: a calorie is still a calorie no matter when you swallow it down.
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