Myth: Eating at night makes you fat
Holiday festivities provide people with many opportunities to indulge in large meals and lots of desserts at all times of the day. But the commonly held belief that eating before bed causes more weight gain than eating at other times of the day isn't supported by research. Several studies promote the weight-control benefits of eating breakfast and eating meals at consistent times, but that's only because they help people limit their overall intake of daily calories, the study authors report. Health.com: Survive the holidays without gaining weight
"The time of day a person eats is not as important for overall weight gain as the amount of calories eaten during the day," agrees Jeannie Gazzaniga-Moloo Ph.D., R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "However, the danger in eating late at night is that it tends to be mindless eating, of calorie-laden foods." Avoid your favorite go-to comfort foods before bed, she suggests, but don't fret if your regular dinner gets pushed back several hours.
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