So somebody has finally researched and come out and said what I’ve been saying all along. The myth that eating late at night makes you fat is in fact just that, a myth! When I first started all this one of the main things I wanted to get across in the “about me” page was how I was responsible for my weight gain and that how I firmly believed it’s as simple as basic maths to lose weight (Go on have a look, it’s there somewhere!) Burn more calories than you eat! Doesn’t matter if you eat 20 micro meals a day or one large meal, it’s the total calories (and not how/when you have them) that counts.
It’s nice to see then that this report 100% backs that up. It doesn’t matter if you have no breakfast, no lunch and then a huge meal at 3 in the morning. As long as the calories in the huge meal aren’t more than the calorie deficit you’ve built up during the day there is no problem! Consistently burn more calories than you eat and you will lose weight, that’s all there is to it. It’s not your genes making you fat, it’s not your glands, it’s not eating too late “cos of work”, it’s you putting more in than you take out fatty!
Of course there are things that affect how well are bodies burn calories BUT you can still eat less to compensate. If our bodies aren’t burning the calories i.e. it doesn’t need them, then you need to adjust what you eat. Otherwise you get fat.
What I should say here is that although eating late at night won’t make you fat it may affect you in other ways. For example if you enjoy physical exercise then running your body on “empty” all day will be a struggle. Hunger/Tiredness and being grumpy are 3 reasons why it’s best to eat well balanced meals throughout the day. There seems little point in giving your body an energy boost just as you are ready to go to sleep! But that being said, eating late at night is no longer an excuse for getting fat. People around the Mediterranean have been doing it for hundreds of years, just remember that it’s the total of what you eat that is the problem, not when you eat it!