Nightime Eating : Putting the Myth to Bed

crop_358iStock_000016828668_XXXLarge Fitness  professionals,  newcomers  to  dieting,  health  enthusiasts  and  probably  your   grandmother  have  all  heard  the  age-­?old  adage  of  “Eating  after  7  p.m.  will  make  you   fat.”  and  more  often  than  not,  this  is  still  a  common  misconception  that  makes  the   rounds  as  a  topic  of  debate.  In  this  article,  I  plan  to  debunk  that  myth  and  help  you   make  the  right  food  choices  next  time  your  appetite  stays  up  late. This  statement  comes  from  the  thought  that  as  you  get  closer  to  your  bedtime,  your   body  is  able  to  burn  fewer  calories  and  therefore,  anything  you  eat  within  that   timeframe  will  only  be  converted  to  fat.  Some  research  within  the  past  20  years  has   determined  that  depending  on  what  you  eat  before  going  to  bed,  that’s  what  will  be   the  deciding  factor  of  weight  gain  or  not. In  a  study  conducted  in  2014  at  Florida  State  University,  The Health Impact of Nighttime Eating: Old and New Perspectives, Michael  Ormsbee  and  his  team   discovered  that  eating  a  protein  or  carbohydrate  snack  within  the  150  calorie  range   about  an  hour  before  bed  may  be  beneficial  to  muscle  recovery,  muscle  growth  and   satiety.      It’s  not  necessarily  eating  anything  before  bed  or  after  7  p.m.  that  causes   weight  gain,  it’s  more  so  what’s  eaten  and  how  much.  Most  common  late  night  foods   are  heavily  processed,  high  in  calories,  high  in  sugar,  are  easy  to  overeat  on  and  have  no  real  nutritional  value.  Most  will  also  leave  one  feeling  not  as  full  as  they  may   if  they  were  to  eat  Greek  yogurt  with  some  peanut  butter  or  have  a  protein  shake   after  7  p.m.  These  are  the  types  of  choices  one  should  make  when  it  comes  to  a  post-­? dinner  snack. Calories,  much  like  a  pillow,  cannot  tell  time.  All  it  knows  is  it  is  being  utilized  by   your  body  for  energy  not  just  limited  to  exercise  or  daily  physical  activities.   Combined  with  an  exercise  program  and  the  proper  food  choices,  as  long  as  you  can   fit  said  food  into  your  daily  caloric  needs,  eating  after  7  p.m.  is  not  detr