There are lots of myth about late night eating as it relates to weight gain and weight loss.
Studies shows that late night eating does not make you fat, but being in a calorie surplus makes you add weight.
To be in a calorie surplus means you are consuming more calories (energy in) than what your body burns (energy out) in a day.
Simply put, you are eating more food than your body needs and can metabolize per time.
Reason Why Nutritionist Frown At Night Time Feeding?
Several studies shows that many people who eat at night are not really tracking their daily food intake. They eat all their meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and then add a late meal which kicks them into a calorie surplus.
Many late night eaters tend to choose foods that are calorie dense and high in fat or sugar which is not good for weight management.
For some persons, late night meal craving come from emotional impulses or habit and not real hunger. These cravings drive you them to eat unhealthy and more food than their body need for the moment.
Late night meal could disturb your sleep cycle due to discomfort, while sleeping with partially digested food may cause bloating or stomach upset in some people according to research.