Is Eating Before Bedtime Bad for Weight Loss?

22 Feb

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Kelly Osbourne’s Bedtime Weight Loss Secret

For years, we’ve been hearing that eating before bedtime may lead to weight gain.

The most vocal supporter of this advice has been Oprah’s diet guru, Bob Greene, who recommends that you stop eating at least two to three hours before bedtime.

The theory behind a late night calorie cutoff is that you won’t get the same metabolism-boosting benefit because your body begins preparing for sleep a couple of hours after dinner.

If you eat close to bedtime, your body doesn’t dip into stored fat. You may even end up storing more fat.

One of the panel members of the Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne, dropped 40 pounds in the last few years.

Her tip for losing weight: eat a small snack with little carbs and no sugar before sleep to keep your metabolism going. Osbourne told Life and Style Magazine: “I’ve found just having a tiny little snack – like half an apple or something like that – before you go to sleep really helps.”

Although there is no conclusive study proving that eating before bed leads to weight gain, it’s most likely that your weight reflects the balance between the calories burned and the calories consumed over time, regardless of when you choose to eat.


One Response to “Is Eating Before Bedtime Bad for Weight Loss?”

  1. Half Your Weight 23/02/2010 at 6:42 pm #

    Eating just before bedtime is not a good idea, the body will not burn off the intake properly.

    Good article by the way


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