Every year, millions of people achieve their weight loss goals. But a lot more people lose their resolve due to a host of bad information on diet and exercise. Here are some common myths that circulate through workplaces, gyms, and on the Internet.
Myth #1: Eating Late Makes You Put on Weight
These people often assume that eating shortly before bed is even worse. The idea is that the metabolism stops or greatly reduces while we relax in the evenings and sleep at night.
However, your metabolism actually continues throughout the day and night, and there is no medical evidence to suggest that there is anything bad about eating late.
Eating late can sometimes indicate what dieticians describe as ‘stockpiling.’ In such cases, people eat excessively in the evening because they didn’t eat properly during the day. Eating at consistent meal times is better for your weight loss program.
Solution: Since the time of day doesn’t affect how your body processes food, your focus must be on your total calorie intake – that’s what truly matters. If you eat at night, choose low calorie foods or skip the after-dinner eats altogether.
However, there’s no harm in having your dinner at 9:00 if you missed it at 6:00.
Again, try to be consistent with your meal times and make sure to squeeze some exercise into your day to burn off excess calories.