Many people find themselves eating late at night, even if they are not hungry. Nighttime cravings often sabotage the best-intended diet and weight-loss plans and can cause some unexpected health problems.
Three common health problems caused by late night eating along with lifestyle changes to effectively combat these cravings.
Late night eating can cause such health problems as:
- Weight gain and loss of sleep: The body’s metabolism works all day long while you are up and active. Metabolism is much slower at night and we don’t burn the calories that we do during the day which can cause weight gain. Also, research has found that the digestive process can have serious implications on sleep cycle and can cause you to wake more often.
- Eating at night can cause increased acid reflux: When you lay down with food in your belly, it is easier for acid to spill out of a full stomach – even if you don’t have acid reflux. It takes a few hours for food to fully digest.
- Eating at night can throw off your internal clock: Eating late when you normally should be asleep may throw off your body’s internal clock. Additionally, artificial light from the TV, computer or smart phone can keep you awake and stimulate your appetite.
6 Ways to cleverly combat nighttime cravings, according to Authority Nutrition:
1) Use a routine – structured eating and sleeping times will help spread food intake over the day so you’re less hungry at night