Will eating past 7 p.m., especially carbohydrates, result in weight gain?
The body does not have an enzyme with a watch that after 7 p.m. preferentially stores items, especially carbohydrate, as fat. Most people tend to eat improperly during the day, often skipping meals. The lack of food during the day is more than made up for when we are at home; surrounded by the foods we love. Add in a little T.V. food and a late night snack, and it is easy to see why night eating is a problem for most. The problem is not with the time on the clock, but with the entire eating pattern. All of us have a certain number of calories we can consume in a day without gaining weight. The goal is to spread these calories throughout the day, preventing hunger, cravings and lack of energy so that we may feel our best and stick to a proper eating plan. If you require 3000 calories a day to maintain your weight, but you only eat 2000…. set your alarm, get up at 3am in the morning, eat a bowl of cereal (gasp!), and go back to bed. If the calories were not greater than 3000, there is nothing left to store as fat long term (fat storage always occurs temporarily after a meal).