You might have heard that eating at bedtime can lead to weight gain, that isn’t necessarily the case. In this video, Susan Bowerman, talks about why people eat at bedtime, what can come from eating late, and whether it fits into your dietary plan.
Why do people think it’s bad to eat at bedtime?
Perhaps you’ve been told that the later you eat during the day, the more likely that can cause weight gain. But that’s not true. In fact, your body doesn’t really know what time of day it is. What matters here is calories. You should eat the calories that suit your nutritional needs because if you eat too many calories, be that in the morning or at night, that can lead to gaining weight.
What are some typical reasons people eat at bedtime?
People eat at bedtime, or have a late-night snack for a variety of reasons. Maybe some people find that eating a snack before bedtime means they’ll sleep better. Others prefer to have an early dinner, stay up late and get hungry. Those early diners might get hungry and grab a small bite.
What if you’re trying to gain weight?
Now, there might be people who are looking to eat at night simply because they’re trying to gain a couple pounds. So if you’re trying to gain weight, it’s okay to eat and sneak in extra calories by having a snack close to bedtime.
Does eating a bedtime snack lead to better night’s sleep?
As Susan mentions in the video, the time of day isn’t as important as you might think, what matters is your calorie intake for the day. So, if you’ve saved up some calories, meaning have some to spare, a snack at bedtime is great. And if you find that having a snack before bed helps you sleep, that’s also fine as long as you keep your calorie intake for the day in mind.
If I’m an athlete, is bedtime snacking okay for me?
Eating at bedtime is important for athletes and there are a few reasons why. A lot of the time, it’s difficult for athletes to meet their daily calorie needs. Sneaking in a small bite before bed is a perfect time for athletes to get more calories. Plus, for athletes, and people who workout in the morning, it’s important to fuel up (have a snack) the night before so that you’re energize the following morning.
Aside from getting more calories in before the end of the day, there are studies that suggest a small portion of protein at night before bed can assist in muscle recovery after working out. It’s perfect for athletes to get calories and protein to help recovery while fueling them for more physical activity the next day.
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