It’s late at night and you’re still awake. Your stomach growls and you decide to have a midnight snack. Little did you know that this meal could ruin all the hard work you put in at the gym today.
Eating large meals late at night is not good for your body. Inside your body, there is a hormone called ghrelin. Ghrelin is a peptide hormone that your body uses to tell you when it is hungry. While sleeping, ghrelin is able to reset for the next day. By eating late at night, you disrupt the natural reset of ghrelin. This can lead to overeating the next day (which is never a good thing when you are trying to lose weight).
Not only is the reset of ghrelin interrupted, but your body’s natural rest cycle is disturbed by eating late at night. The later you eat, the longer you stay up and the less time you have to sleep. This means that your body has less time to rest which can ruin how efficient you are the next day. During the day you may feel sluggish or lazy and might not want to do your work out. The Training Station recommends that you stop eating large meals after 7 PM. If you think you will be hungry later, eating a light snack around 7 PM is fine. Some suggestions for snacks are:
- Fruits and nuts
- String cheese
- Reverse wrap
- Popcorn (No Butter!)
- A few slices of turkey
- High fiber cereal
- Granola bar
These foods should fill you up without making you too full. It is not recommended to eat anything too heavy as a snack. Heavy foods and big meals can make you feel too full which will keep you awake later.
Were you staying up late eating midnight snacks? Do you have any recommendations for snacks before 7 PM? Be sure not to make the dreaded midnight snack anymore, otherwise, you may be lazy to go to The Traning Station. airmaxonline airmaxonline