Does Night Snacking Cause Weight Gain?

Do you frequently feel the urge to snack at night? Snacking at night does not necessarily cause weight gain. It’s what we eat and how much. Often we are eating unnecessary calories and overeating. By understanding why you eat late at night, you will reduce or eliminate these cravings. Here are some reasons:

  1. You are so busy or you’re trying to lose weight so you don’t consume enough calories during the day and end up overeat in the evening.
  2. Because you ate late at night, you wake up full and/or feeling guilty and starve yourself all day only to binge again in the evening creating a vicious cycle.
  3. You skip breakfast, then get hungry mid-day and reach for the most convenient food which is often something sweet and processed from the break room.
  4. You start your day with foods high in sugar or simple carbs which does not sustain your body, so you crave more nutrients later in the day.
  5. Stress, boredom, and habit lead to emotional eating. Depression, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and frustration also lead to emotional eating. Food may fill the void momentarily, but results in a stuffed belly, stressed digestive system, unsettled sleep, and weight gain. When we haven’t learned to transition from our stressful day to our night-time stillness, some of us fill the void with food.

If you can relate to continual late night snacking, call for a free consultation. Address the issue and get support before it leads to weight gain, inflammation in the body, and diseases. or (619) 876-2655