One of the biggest myths about weight loss is that you can’t eat after 8pm. It’s a bit like Gremlins and not feeding them after midnight, isn’t it? The good news for you is that eating after 8pm won’t turn you into a monster or make you gain weight. However, there are some things you should know about dining past 8pm.
While there is no direct link between the time you eat and weight gain, the more calories you consume over what you burn, you will gain weight. Whatever time is on the clock has nothing to do with it. Instead, it is the way in which calories are utilized by the body.
Perhaps this myth arose because of the types of food most people tend to reach for after 8pm. If you’re grabbing snacks after dinner that are high in calories, mindlessly munching away, you can expect this to lead to weight gain. When you’re staring at the TV and not portioning out what you eat all the while eating unhealthy options, you WILL gain weight.
But what if your job doesn’t have you home and in front of the dinner table until 8:30pm? It’s all about what you eat for your dinner rather than the time you eat it. Loading your plate up with a healthy and satisfying meal will give your body what it needs and won’t lead to weight gain.
Being Mindful of Evening Eating Habits
It’s not a bad idea to pay attention to what you eat after the sun sets. If you haven’t yet had dinner by 8pm, you shouldn’t let that stop you. However, you should make your meal something healthy.
Eating too close to bedtime can more often than not cause digestive issues. It’s recommended that you don’t just eat and go to bed, especially with high-fat and spicy foods that can cause heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. On top of that, the foods you choose could make for worse sleep. You don’t want to send your blood sugar levels surging and cause cortisol levels to rise.
Tips for Healthy Eating After 8pm
What can you do if you can’t sit down to dinner before 8pm? These tips will help you stay in good health no matter what time dinner is!
– Make satiating meals
They should have lean protein and fiber-rich veggies. This will keep you full enough to prevent mindless munching on junk food before bed.
– Keep healthy snacks in the house
Snacking isn’t always a bad thing. But if you have bad snacks around the house, you’ll be more prone to choosing them. Keep nuts, berries, seeds, and other healthy snacks instead. If you have to leave the comfort of your home to get junk food, you’ll most likely decide against it and make a healthy choice.
– Stay away from the big 3
Before bed, it’s wise to avoid caffeine, sugar, and an excessive alcohol intake. These 3 things can mess with your hormones and ruin your sleep cycle.
Remember, it’s not the time on the clock that matters. It’s what you’ve got on your plate after 8pm so make it count!