You remember mom’s warning from back in the day: Don’t eat before bed… it’ll give you nightmares!
Well, friend, mom was right (wasn’t she always?).
Eating before bed not only gives you nightmares, it can also force you to wake up in cold sweat, so they’re fresh in your mind and more memorable, too.
But at least nightmares fade.
Damage to your body is another story – and the latest research reveals how nighttime eating can lead to daytime damage, making it easy to gain weight and almost impossible to lose it.
And that, in turn, could set the stage for diabetes, heart disease and more.
What NIGHTTIME eating does to your body – and how to reverse it
In the new study, older folks were given the SAME amount of food but at DIFFERENT times, then examined to see how their bodies handled the fat and calories.
And the difference was… well… night and day.
When volunteers were given a snack in the morning, the body burned up 15 extra grams of fats over 24 hours than when they were given the same exact snack at 10 p.m.
Over time, that’s a recipe for a diet disaster – and that one step alone could not only undermine any attempt at weight loss, but ensure that the pounds keep building up.
The obvious takeaway here is to stop eating before bed.
But let’s take this a little bit further tonight.
There’s a way to take this time-dependent mechanism and bend it to your will – exploiting the same trigger in your body so that you not only don’t GAIN weight.
You quickly LOSE it!
What this study really uncovered is one more way timing is everything when it comes to your meals – how the more spread out your eating is, the less likely your body will be able to process your food efficiently.
But if you condense your eating into a tighter, stricter period, you can force some incredible changes.
It’s called time-restricted eating or intermittent fasting. There are a number of ways to pull it off, but one of the easiest is this: Eat only within an 8-10 hour window each day.
For example, eat breakfast a little later… say, 10 am… lunch at 2… and be done with dinner by about 6.
That’s an eight-hour window right there.
Since you DON’T have to cut calories, you really WON’T be hungry most of the day. It’s just a matter of kicking the nighttime snack habit.
I’m not gonna lie; if you have a TV snack habit the first few days will be quite the test for your willpower and resolve, so it’s normal to have a couple of setbacks. Just don’t let those setbacks derail you.
Once you get over the hump, it’ll be second nature and the pounds will practically melt right off your waistline.