Late night eating can add unwanted pounds to your physique---depending on how much you eat during the entire day. Late night eating will not, in and of itself, automatically make you gain weight.
If you consistently eat more calories than you burn (caloric surplus), you will consistently gain weight and add on body fat, no matter when you eat.
If you do eat a late night dinner, think about what you have already eaten that day. This will help you stay on track with your daily caloric intake goals. So, high-fat fast food is probably not a good idea for your late night dinner. The same goes for late night snacks---it all adds up, no matter when you eat it. If you like sugary snacks, the calories can add up fast and get out of control.
Personally, I will usually eat a light late night dinner, like a salad (if I happen to eat late). And, a late night snack will be something like nuts or fruit. For me, its easier to sleep on a "light stomach."
You should know how many calories you need each day. Start by learning your basal metabolic rate (how many calories you would burn if you did nothing all day). You must maintain a caloric deficit on most days in order to lose weight and burn fat consistently. If you exercise regularly, it will be easier for you to achieve your caloric deficit. Calculate your calorie needs here.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks. One quick way skyrocket the calories is to drink too many empty calories contained in drinks like sodas and sugared fruit juices.
A 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). If HFCS is the first or second ingredient listed, the product is heavily "laced" with HFCS. Nutritionists point to HFCS consumption as a major player in the nation's obesity crisis (the fact that we eat it is the real problem).
So, what's the top late night eating tip? Make a smoothie. Its a great thing to eat/drink any time of day, provided you use the right ingredients.....
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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
My Fitness Hut