has been commonly assumed that night is the worst time to eat. The logic: night
is when the body typically slows down and therefore is more prone to gain fat.
sense, but is it true?
are no conclusive studies or any evidence to prove the assumption that eating
late meals causes fat gain more than eating early meals.
reveal that other variables such as the frequency of meals, the glycemic index
of food, calorie intake and hormonal balance are the real power brokers
in the bodys capacity to burn or gain fat.
so the notion that eating late causes fat gain is deep rooted. The reason: for
most people, who typically eat several meals during the day, any additional meal
including a late meal maybe one too many. The result is an overwhelming
overloading effect on the body often involving fat gain. Does it mean that eating
late is a bad idea? Quite the opposite. If daily food intake is planned properly
and the evening meal turns to be the main meal, then eating late could be highly
is a substantial amount of evidence that we humans have adapted well to nightly
eating. We carry the same genes of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, who were primarily
busy gathering or hunting during the daily hours and eating during the nightly
hours, while at rest.
our body is biologically preprogrammed to work around the circadian clock (i.e.
active during the day and relaxing at night). Our inner clock is controlled by
two antagonistic autonomic nervous systems: the SNS, with its highly alert fight
or flight state, responsible for action and reaction to stress during the
day, and the PSNS, responsible for relaxation, digestion and sleep during the
night. (See Top Ten Diet Fallacies, Fallacy # 1). For that matter our body digests
and utilizes nutrients better at night while at rest, than during the highly stressful
hours of the day.
night is the time when growth hormone (GH) reaches a peak level. (Peak secretion
during non-REM, SWS deep sleep). GH is known to be a potent muscle and bone builder
and a fat burner. Late meals, if applied correctly could be most anabolic.
that GH actions can not be effectively finalized without the interference of insulin.
Late meals, may well take advantage of max GH spike during the night, providing
the nutrients required for actually facilitating GH actions, thus promoting protein
synthesis in the muscle tissues and fat burning (in particular, abdominal fat).
conclusion, do not betray your biological destiny. Dont deny yourself from
eating late meals. If you do, your body may come back with a vengeance, to reclaim
what was taken away from him, often inducing chronic cravings for food at night,
which may result in nocturnal bingeing. Finally, late meals often have a relaxing
effect on the body, preparing you for sleep. If nothing else, late meals can help
bring a happy end for a tough day.
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