Eating Before Bed: Bad For Fat Loss Or Just A Myth?

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Eating Before Bed: Bad For Fat Loss Or Just A Myth?

The idea of employing an “eating cutoff” late in the evening has been a standard fat loss practice for many years, but does it actually have any real merit? Is eating before bed bad, and will eating before bed cause weight gain?

In reality, this is nothing more than a myth. Fat loss is not an “on/off” switch, and achieving consistent weight loss is really just a matter of maintaining a calorie deficit over the long term. As long as your net energy consumption and net energy expenditure remain constant, eating late at night or even right before bed is not going to cause additional fat gain above and beyond eating at any other time.

Even if eating before bed does cause you to store a higher percentage of calories as fat at that time due to inactivity, it will still end up being burned the following day when your activity level rises. Again, it all just comes down to your total net calorie intake versus your total net calorie burn over the big picture.

The best approach to your fat loss diet is to get a small 15-20% calorie deficit in place, and then lay out your meals in whatever way you prefer in terms of your appetite and energy levels. If you’re constantly going to bed hungry then there’s a much greater chance that you’ll simply get frustrated and quit altogether.

So, if you want to have a pre bedtime snack or even a full on pre bedtime meal, that’s totally fine as long as it fits into your overall fat loss diet for the day as a whole. Don’t fall for the whole “eating before bed myth”, as it’s an outdated guideline with no real science behind it.

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