Here’s What Eating Late at Night Does to Your Body!!!

Here’s What Eating Late at Night Does to Your Body!!!

By Palak Mittal  on: 02 June 2016
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With increases in obesity on the rise, we are beginning to hear more and more about the importance of avoiding eating late at night. Eating late at night is often blamed for obesity, though it can also contribute to fluctuations in your sleep cycle and changes in the number of times you need to use the bathroom during the night. THERE ARE NUMBER OF REASONS THAT SUGGESTS WHY TO AVOID LATE NIGHT EATING!!

1) WEIGHT GAIN

Studies tend to show that when food is consumed late at night — anywhere from after dinner to outside a person’s typical sleep/wake cycle — the body is more likely to store those calories as fat and gain weight rather than burn it as energy.

Think about it, unless you work the night shift, most people’s activities wind down as the day does. Settling in after dinner isn’t uncommon. Unfortunately, if we lie down after a huge meal, it can be a strain and lead to a feeling of lethargy in the morning. Disrupted sleep is also common when the body is working hard to digest what was eaten recently.

2) FLUCTUATIONS IN SLEEP CYCLE

Another important reason why you may want to avoid eating late is due to the effect it can have on your sleep cycle. Research has found that the digestive process can have serious implications on your sleep cycle, causing you to wake up more often, and have a harder time falling asleep in the first place. One of the worst foods that you can eat if you have a hard time falling asleep at night are sugary foods such as cookies and other baked goods. In contrast, warm milk may actually help you fall asleep at night.

3) YOUR BLOOD SUGAR WILL SHOOT UP

If you are a diabetic than eating late at night will actually make your blood sugar level high which generally tends to result in high fasting blood sugar. This will actually cause a serious problem to your health.

If you are not a diabetic, yet you are eating late, than this will lead to obesity which can ultimately lead to Type2 diabetes.

 

Here are some Tips to Avoid Eating Late At Night

  • When you feel like eating late at night, drink a cup of warm lemon water or an herbal tea. Hot liquids are soothing and warming.
  • If eating late is a habit of yours, you will have to break that habit. Start by reducing your portion sizes and choosing healthier meals.
  • Trade in junk food, white sugar, processes foods and white flour for whole grains, soups, fruits and vegetables.
  • Brush your teeth earlier! It may sound too simple, but some people find that if they just brush their teeth, they are less likely to indulge in late-night eating patterns.
  • Turn off the TV late night. Studies have shown that television can subconsciously trigger desires for more food.
  • Go on a brisk walk after dinner.
  • Meat takes longer than any other food item to digest. I recommend avoiding eating meat late at night, as it tends to stay in the digestive tract longer than grains, fruits, or vegetables.

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