Why eating late at night may be particularly bad for you and your diet

“Sometimes hunger strikes at the least opportune moments — like right after you brush your teeth and tuck yourself into bed. Other times, you just don’t get around to eating dinner until it’s way late. There are many reasons why people can’t sleep at night, but a lot of the time it comes down to our body’s natural rhythms being out of sync. For example, if you’re stressed, a hormonal imbalance will contribute to a lack of sleep. And when you eat late at night, you pretty much let your hormones run riot.”

Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring some sweet, salty or carb-rich treat even though you weren’t hungry.

Scientists are getting closer to understanding why people indulge after dark and to determining whether those nighttime calories wreak more havoc — whether they drive up the risk of weight gain and of chronic diseases such diabetes — than ones consumed earlier in the day.

“For years, we said a calorie is a calorie no matter when you consume it,” says dietitian Joy Dubost, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics…

 

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-eating-late-at-night-may-be-particularly-bad-for-you-and-your-diet/2015/08/24/ad8b85ac-2583-11e5-b77f-eb13a215f593_story.html?utm_term=.5103ea83a9e3

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