< back to the wellness blog

January 22, 2019 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living, Weight Control

Why Late Night Eating Is Bad for the Belly

We now have credible data to support that calories consumed late at night are more fattening than those consumed during the day.  An intriguing laboratory study revealed “hard data” to give us reason to be particularly food-wary during the wee hours of the night.

A man who has nighttime sleep-related eating disorder is sleep eating as he sits in front of an open refrigerator eating ice cream out of the carton, oblivious to everything around him because he is actually sleeping.

Scientist have consistently observed that shift workers who are frequently forced to eat at abnormal (unnatural) times, weigh more on average that those who maintain a normal (circadian) eating pattern.

Prompted by this observation, scientists conducted a study in lab rats – feeding one group a high fat diet when they would normally be sleeping and a second group the exact same diet, but during normal, wakeful periods.  Those fed during sleep time gained 28% more weight than the other group.  (Obesity, Sept 09)

It’s unlikely that our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate much after sun down and thus it may be hard-wired into our genes that a diurnal pattern of food intake is what is healthiest for our bodies.


Step up your health game by attending my next wellness seminar!

Get all the DETAILS HERE.

Seats are limited – sign up before it’s too late!

WLFL Seminar Schoolhouse 03-23-192