Does eating before bed make you gain weight? Can eating before bed ruin your diet?
There are two answers, yes and no (nothing is simple!)
There are long term myths and beliefs that because you are not active during sleep, all the calories consumed prior bedtime will all be stored as fat. This is not entirely correct, but it does leave a lot of people asking “Does eating before bed make you gain weight?” Late night binge eating and calorie snacking before bed after dinner will most likely make you gain weight – because of the extra calories consumed over the last 24 hours.
- It is all about calories in and calories out (for most people). Ensure you eat the recommended calories for your age, height and weight (https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/eat-health-calculators). Eating above the calorie recommendation and not creating a deficit through body movement, will increase weight.
- If you are a shift worker, or work unusual hours (like a personal trainer) if your last meal is 830pm, eat it! The best type of food to eat for dinner at this time of night are those low in starch and low in sugar. Reducing these foods promotes higher levels of anti-ageing, immunity boosting, fat burning and muscle building hormones!