Late Night Snacking


Many people think eating late at night causes weight gain. Actually, it’s not when you eat that matters, it’s what and how much you eat.

Fueling the body is a matter of timing. The longer you wait between meals, the more you tend to eat at the next meal. Three to four hours between meals is about the right amount of time to keep blood sugar levels in control.

Plan snacks with small portions in mind. Crackers and low fat cheese, yogurt and fruit, cereal and milk or peanut butter and apple slices are good options. Eating snacks with both carbohydrate and protein helps the body stay fueled.

If weight loss is your goal, space meals and snacks three to four hours apart, no matter what time of day, and watch portion sizes.

Source: ADA

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3 responses to “Late Night Snacking

  1. Just curious if you’ve done any reading about the thermic properties of food? I read a well-written article, written by a nutritionist from Canyon Ranch, who suggests that it’s important to allow atleast 4 hours between your last meal and bedtime, in order for a person’s body to properly metabolize food which has been ingested, and maximize the thermic effect which occurs after food ingestion. I also wrote an article on this topic, if you’d like to read it:http://seecoreyrun.blogspot.com/2007/09/nutrition-tip-1-and-now-word-finally-on.html.Just curious to know what you think about thee concepts.

  2. I also found another reference to the thermic effect of food, which is backed up by nutritional/health studies. Thought you might be interested in checking out this article as well:http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/burn-fat-without-changing-how-much-you-eat?page=1.

  3. Diana Young, RD, LD, CDE

    Both articles are good. And yes I definitely agree with consuming food every 3-4 hours. However, allowing 4 hours between your last meal and bedtime would not be appropriate for some people with diabetes. I enjoyed the articles, keep up the good work and keep in touch.

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