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Friday, June 13, 2014

For All You Night Owls -- Here Are 5 Foods You Should Never Eat Late at Night

It's an all too familiar scene. It's late at night, and you're hungry, so you grab what looks good to you. But you still can't sleep. In fact, now you really can't sleep, and you also notice that you're gaining weight. What's up?

What happens when you eat late at night

Eating a dozen donuts at any time of the day is bad. What makes late-night eating bad for you is that, first of all, most people choose snack-type food when they choose to eat late. Snacks are full of calories, fat, sugar and salt. The other factor is that food digests more slowly at night because your metabolism slows down. This means food is moving more slowing through your body, and this often keeps people from getting a good night's sleep.

So, one way to change this practice is to either eat earlier, or if you must eat late at night, avoid these 5 foods especially!

  1. Greasy, heavy, fatty foods - they are even harder to digest. Eating these foods late at night will make you sluggish the next day.
  2. Sugar - some people call it a sugar high, and for very good reason. Sugar-rich foods will quickly increase your blood sugar level, thus creating the sugar high that can keep you awake and feeling sluggish the next day.
  3. Red meat - is also hard to digest.
  4. Spicy foods - can not only upset your stomach but the chemicals in spicy food can keep you awake by stimulating your senses.
  5. Large portions - are not only bad for you at any meal any time, but in particular at night they create an enormous amount of required digestion, and this can keep you awake.

Lack of sleep is not the only problem

The problem with eating late at night is not just losing sleep.  It's the choices in foods. The late night eating habit generally consists of high-calorie, high-fat, salty or sugary foods that will cause you to gain weight. So, it's not just that you're eating late but it's what you're eating late at night that is the problem.
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