My fiance’ holds the belief that eating late at night will make you fat. She’s gained a few pounds recently and she’s convinced that it’s because she’s been eating late at night. Her mom, who is a nurse (which makes it even worse for my side), has this belief as well. I know this is wrong, but I can’t back myself up well enough, and we get into this argument a lot.
I asked her about her food intake for the day, and it turns out she got about 1400 calories. I told her that she should be much more worried about this than what time it is when she eats. She knows she needs to eat more but she still says she shouldn’t eat before bed because her “body won’t burn off those calories.” By the way, she doesn’t have an eating disorder, she just didn’t realize she was getting so few calories.
Anyway, I convinced her to have a healthy snack before bed to make up for some of those calories, but then her mom walked in and said “that’s going straight to your belly.” This really drives me crazy.
I told her I’d find articles and studies that support my position, but I’m kind of coming up dry. There are a few articles I’ve found that mention it briefly, but it’s like “don’t fall for the eating before bed makes you fat myth,” and that’s all. And none with any references or anything like that. I’m sure they’re here, but I haven’t found them. Could anyone point me in that direction? Articles with references at the end would be ideal. Studies on pubmed would be cool too, but I’m so inexperienced with pubmed that all I’m finding is studies about anorexia and bulemia.
Of course, I’m not asking for anyone to go searching for me, but if you have any links saved or close at hand that would be great.
Thanks in advance!