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Nighttime eating & weight gain

Submitted by on 4 October, 2010 – 9:52 pm

The British Medical Journal recently that diet persistent myth to rest – at least I hope so. As the magazine pointed out, part of the reason why many people cling stubbornly to this belief is that, at first glance the studies seem to support legitimate. In a frequently referenced 2002 Swedish study of 83 obese and 94 nonobese women, obese women reported eating more meals, more frequently during the day. But as noted by the BMJ, just because eating at night is related to excess weight does not automatically mean that is the cause of the excess kilos. Heavier women are not just dropped at midnight snacks, which are also consumed more calories. And when you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. That is a basic biological equation.

If total calories are taken into account, most studies have found that eating at night is not to blame for weight gain. Another study conducted in Sweden, this time with 86 men and 61 obese normal-weight men, found no differences in weight gain when eating is considered. Another study on feeding during the night that followed 2,500 participants also concluded that eating at night is not the culprit, but they consume more than three times a day is a factor in weight gain. Kind of makes you rethink the common diet advice to eat six small meals a day, right?

Indeed, numerous studies have linked breakfast skipping with weight gain, but not for lack of your bowl of cereal in the morning has to eat more at night. skip breakfast tend to consume more calories overall than those who make time to eat earlier in the day. Here the reasoning is obvious: You tend to do better with weight control when calories are distributed evenly throughout the day, so no more likely to eat at any one meal. It seems that most people (at least in Western cultures) do best in a plan of three meals a day, although it varies by individual. And once more, eat less calories than you burn leads to weight loss.

Any weight loss plan that advises you to stop eating after a certain time of day is not a recommendation based on real science, but uses a trick to restrict your caloric intake. Tricks like this will always fail because they are very realistic in the long term. Over time, you want to dine with friends, going to a party or some popcorn at the movies.

But hey, that’s just my opinion based on hard-earned years of paying attention to research, working on my own weight and help others with their fitness programs. You may have a different opinion. I’m listening. discuss it here

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