Metabolism Myth #4: If I eat at night, I’ll gain weight.
No, there’s no late-night eating fairy that dictates all calories consumed at night go straight to your hips/bottom. The total amount of calories you eat throughout the day matters more than timing. However, it’s possible that people who eat late at night eat less nutritious foods (maybe out of boredom or stress or even hunger from eating too little during the day) that aren’t as filling, causing high calorie intakes late at night. It’s also possible that eating foods high in fat or sodium too close to bedtime can interrupt a good night’s sleep, which in turn has an impact on your hormones and appetite. If having a snack before bed, pair a complex carbohydrate with a small amount of protein and stick to one serving.