Is It True that Eating at Night is Fattening? Part 2

Is It True that Eating at Night is Fattening? Part 2

In the first article on this topic, we learned about the different reasons why eating at night can lead to weight gain. This second article will discuss why some people do not think that weight gain can happen solely as a result of nighttime snacking.

Why Eating at Night Does Not Always Result in Weight Gain

Food and Nutrition consultant Marisa Moore said that what is important when it comes to maintaining an ideal weight is calorie balance. You should not consume more calories than what you burn per day if you want to lose weight. If you want to gain weight, then consume more calories than what you burn.

Strike the balance between the calorie you consume and the calorie you burn everyday and your weight will remain the same. As you can see, it’s not just about the calories you eat at night, but what you eat and what you burn the whole day.

The body burns calories all the time. That means when you rest, you burn calories; when you exercise, you burn calories. All the cells, tissues and organs of your body are constantly at work and use energy. The rate of metabolism may be slower during rest than when exercising. It is possible to increase the rate of metabolism by building more muscles. Muscles burn thrice the amount of calories as fat. Burning more calories can lead to loss of weight.

Aside from calorie balance, another important factor is the type of food you eat at night. Most people who eat at night eat foods that are packaged in a box or bag. It’s very unlikely that people would eat broccoli and spinach at night. Because of the poor choice of food, nighttime snacking does result in weight gain.

Changing Your Nighttime Snacking Habit

If you want to make sure that you won’t gain weight even with nighttime snacking, here are a few tips that you may like to consider.

Choose a time when the kitchen is “closed.” Everyone in the family should agree when is a good time to close the kitchen. It may be early or late depending on when everyone is at home and finished with dinner.

Avoid the temptation to eat. As much as you can don’t bring home food items from the grocery that would surely tempt you to eat. If you buy chips, sweets or other treats and see them at home, you will likely end up eating it whether you feel hungry or not. If you really need to store some of these snacks, hide them in a cabinet you rarely open.

Don’t skip breakfast. Eating breakfast that is rich in protein can help control your appetite. You won’t feel starved by dinner if you do not skip meals and you will not continue eating late at night to satisfy your hunger.

Keep yourself busy. Do anything you can to keep your mind from thinking about food. Walk your dog. Read a book. Take a relaxing bath.

Plan your food. It’s all right to eat at night, just be sure to avoid junk foods. Choose snack foods that are less than 150 calories. Caffeine or spicy foods can keep you active and awake so avoid them. Protein-rich foods, such as cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are good choices because they keep you full longer.

Final say on the matter: It’s important to eat healthy foods throughout the day to maintain your weight or lose some pounds. It also helps to avoid extra calorie intake after sun down.

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