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Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: Day 9

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 25, 2012 at 8:00 am


Myth: Eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain.
Fact: It does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight. No matter when you eat, your body will store extra calories as fat.
Tip: If you want to have a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you have eaten that day. And try to avoid snacking in front of the TV at night—it may be easier to overeat when you are distracted by the television.


  1. I still try to follow the no food, only drinks (especially water) after 8 simply because I become more sedentary by that point of the day, thus not burning calories as I would be earlier in the day when more active. I will add; however, going to bed hungry is never healthy either; as you simply can’t sleep and good sleep is crucial for any diet to work. So better to feed yourself sensibly after 8, than to starve yourself and not sleep.

  2. I think you’re quite right. I would have to agree that it’s “how much” we eat not “when”. Thank you for the insight. Kim*


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