Dismissing the myth……Eating late at night DOES NOT make you fat!
Breakfast is seen as the king of all meals, and many say it is the most important meal of the day.
This theory came about by a University of Massachusetts medical study that discovered that people who skipped breakfast on a regular basis had a significantly higher incidence of obesity than those who ate brekkie.
While this is useful information, it is very much black and white. There is absolutely no reason that one meal is more important than another. They are all equally important to keep your body correctly fuelled during the day.
Somewhere down the line, like most myths (especially in health and fitness), this got translated as ‘so eating at night must make you fat’. This became further refined to ‘if you eat after 7pm your body will store more fat’.
Fortunately, this is a load of bull.
It is not so much when you eat your meals, rather what you eat that can contribute to weight gain and body fat increase.
If skipping breakfast causes you to binge the rest of the day, then breakfast is the right option for you.
Or if more food at night leads to you snacking more, you want to keep an eye on your late night eating.
These are both behavioural triggers and dependent on your reactions to eating patterns. Just as you can be perfectly healthy and skip breakfast every day, you can also be lean, fit, and energised by having your biggest meal at night. Each person is different and their bodies respond to food in different ways. So try to find yours.
The worst thing about diets and ‘dieting’ is the rules. This is what usually drive people away and makes the whole task seem tedious and dull.
There are NO set rules when it comes to a healthy diet. You can read all about eating 6 meals per day,…. or 3 meals per day,…… or low carb, or high carb, and so on. The list is endless. At the end of the day it is your body and you need to fuel in the way your body responds best. By combining this method with regular exercise, you will no doubt feel more energised, fitter, leaner and stronger as a result.
Your body’s ability to gain weight is mainly about what you eat and how much, not when you eat.