IS EATING AT NIGHT BAD?Probably you are seated there just wondering whether you should get up and have one last bite of your favorite meal before returning to bed. You may also be struggling to lose some weight yet you have a habit of eating at night. Whatever the situation, it is about time we all take a breather and understand some important myths and facts about eating at night.THE MYTHSSince the 1970s, most societies encouraged people to have three meals in a day. This may be attributed to the fact that man was still evolving or the resources at the time were quite scarce depending on the region. On the other hand, it may be attributed to the slogans developed by famous personalities like Adelle Davis who is known for his famous writing; Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.THE COMMON WISDOMWith time, the three-meals per day slogan became a basic rule that was passed from one generation to another. Probably you have even encouraged a friend before to stick to the routine. Even though it is not a bad piece of advice, it is based on a familiar pattern that can be changed depending on one's desire. For some, it is also believed that eating at night takes away your sleep. This is even more laughable than explainable.OVEREATINGAnother myth you will probably hear whenever the topic on eating at night is brought up is the idea that it is a way of overeating. For one who is trying to lose weight, this thought can quickly change your perception about eating in the night. Overeating is truly a bad habit that can be practiced at any time of the day i.e. at breakfast, when having your lunch or when eating your dinner.
THE FACTSIs eating at night bad? The answer to this question will be determined by the amount of food you are eating, the type of food and your goals while having the meal. For instance, if you take a high calorie food at night even after having other calorie rich foods during the day, the calories will accumulate on a daily basis and lead to obesity.WHY EAT AT NIGHT?In most cases, people eat at night because of stress, boredom, the need to satisfy a craving or even hunger. Whatever the reason, always understand where it is coming from and what other option is available. In most cases, these night snacks are normally calorie rich and for this reason, they will increase your body calories and therefore finding a suitable substitute like water or natural juice for such moments will help manage your weight.CONCLUSIONEating at night is not bad as long as you are monitoring the amount of calories you are taking and the type of minerals gained. Go for portion-controlled snacks like small servings of popcorn, low-fat yoghurt, fruit or ice cream bars. If you´re serious about losing fat, try some of the foods that burn fat. Tonight, feel free to enjoy a snack before bed but watch out on the amount of calories.