You’re tossing and turning in bed and you get the craving for a bag of chips, or maybe a bowl of ice cream. Many of us have been in this situation, and when you want to grab a snack late at night, there’s little else to distract you from the temptation. If you’re having trouble resisting a quick bite to eat, it would help to know that late night snacking can negatively affect your health in several ways.
Unhealthy Weight Gain
Changing the time of day that you eat can drastically change your weight. According to a study done in 2014, those who had a protein shake before bed were less hungry in the morning, but the stored chemicals would turn into fat, and some even turned to diabetes. Eating a late night snack can mess up your internal rhythms, making your eating less predictable, and you may end up eating more than you normally do.
Eating a late-night snack can be as bad for your brain as it is for your body. Much like for unhealthy weight gain, eating at a time that isn’t natural for your body messes up the internal clock. A study done with mice revealed that the group with a random eating schedule (but the same sleep schedule as the mice who had controlled meals) were much slower to learn. Random eating misaligns how systems work between the brain and the body, leading to less resources to your brain and a memory that isn’t performing as well as it should.
Worse Sleep Schedule
We all know that heavy, sleepy feeling we get after eating a huge meal. The thing is, eating heavy foods before bed will actually make it harder to fall asleep. When most late night snacks consist of sugars that give you more energy, you’ll be pulling into sheets with a more restless mind – and as a result, a worse quality of sleep.
What Can You Do?
If you want to grab a late night snack, you don’t have to completely ignore your stomach, but grab something on the healthier side: like a banana or a granola bar. To prevent the temptation for a snack, make sure you keep a daily schedule of when you eat. Consistent exercise is a great regulator for balancing out your cravings as well. If you are looking for a schedule that is right for you, not just for eating but for maintaining a healthy exercise schedule in a supportive environment, contact us at Pumpfit Club today and ask about trying a free class!