What you eat is very important for your overall health, that much is certain. However, does eating at a specific time during the day make any impact on your health, especially late at night? Here are a few science-backed conclusions to consider on the topic.
Weight Gain-Eating late at night can lead to weight gain. A Perelman School of Medicine study discovered that eating late at night caused people to gain weight due to the reduction of the body’s ability to burn fat, and the participants ended up storing store carbohydrates – which also leads to weight gain and high blood sugar and insulin levels. *
May Increase the Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease- Eating late at night can also raise your cholesterol and triglycerides, which are types of fat found in your blood that can increase your risk of heart disease. * If a lifestyle change is not made once diabetes develops, this could lead to other health problems such as kidney disease, heart disease, and blindness. *
Acid Reflux-Eating too close to bedtime can lead to an elevated risk of could cause heartburn or acid reflux. * Researchers suggest eating a light dinner allowing about 2 to 3 hours between dinner and bedtime. *
There are several reasons as to why you should try to eat earlier in the day, most notably the ones described above.. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your dietary, exercise or medical regimen.