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Is it true that you shouldn't eat just before going to bed?

Is it true that you shouldn't eat just before going to bed?

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The answer

There are lots of myths surrounding this piece of advice. One is that eating late at night is fattening, the premise is that calories consumed late at night are stored as fat rather than used up. This is not necessarily true. The over-riding factor is whether or not you are in positive or negative energy balance, in other words, it doesn’t matter what time you eat during a 24-hour period; if you consume more calories that you use up you are in positive energy balance which means you could gain weight; conversely, if you take in less calories than you use up you are in negative energy balance and you will lose weight.

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