Should I eat before bed? Should I not eat before bed? There is so much conflicting information out there that it’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. So let me break it down for you and tell you what has worked for me.
The old thinking was that if you ate before bed, the food you ate would turn into fat while you slept and therefore cause weight gain. Well, this isn’t true. Eating more calories than you burn makes you gain weight, whether you eat those calories early or late. Of course, many people who do snack before bed tend to choose high calorie foods like potato chips or ice cream, but it’s the calorie content of these foods, not the time they were eaten, that causes weight gain.
Another thing that happens at when you eat late at night is that you might still feel full the following morning, which could result in you skipping breakfast. And I’m sure you’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, which is a fact! A healthy breakfast helps you reduce your hunger throughout the day and gives you energy. If you skip breakfast, you’ll end up ravenous at lunchtime and eat way more calories than intended.
So, what has worked for me?
Well, my workouts are typically intense, and my days can be very busy (thanks to 3 young boys and a dog!!) so there is no way that dinner can be my last meal. I get really hungry around 7:30 – 8:00 each night, so I have to have a healthy snack in order to make it through the night, otherwise I wake up starving. Here are some healthy nighttime snack options.
So in general, if you’re trying to lose weight, I like to suggest going to bed on a bit of an empty stomach. I don’t recommend stuffing yourself full before going to bed. Eat a light and healthy snack if you’re really hungry, and just make sure you aren’t going over your allotted calories for the day.