Health Risks of Eating Late
It is well-known that eating late at night can lead to weight gain.
According to a recent US study, eating late can also increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
The researchers found that eating later caused the body to store carbohydrates, which raised blood sugar and insulin levels. These both can lead to the development of diabetes.
Eating late was also found to raise cholesterol and triglycerides, which increase the risk of heart disease.
If you tend to eat late at night, use the following tips to help shift your eating patterns to help reduce your risk of weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.
Consider why you eat late at night. Is it because you don’t eat during the day and you’re hungry? Or is it just a habit?
If it’s just a habit, and you’re not really hungry, find other ways to occupy your time and to distract you from food. Or stick to a small healthy snack or a cup of decaffeinated tea.
If it’s because you don’t eat during the day and you’re hungry, slowly start to shift your eating patterns to earlier in the day.
Start by decreasing the amount of food you eat late at night. Choose small amounts of light healthy foods such as fruit and cheese, peanut butter on crackers or toast, air-popped popcorn, whole or half a sandwich, a bowl of cereal with milk or veggies and dip.
Don’t skip meals during the day. If you tend to skip meals, or don’t feel hungry during the day, begin eating small amounts of healthy foods at regular times throughout the day to help shift your eating to earlier in the day.
Eat a well-balanced dinner including protein, carbohydrate and vegetables to help keep you feeling full through the evening. You can also have a small healthy snack two hours before bedtime.