Night Munchies…

Monday Mar 29, 2010

The simple lifestyle phenomenon of night eating defined as ‘getting up at night to eat’ is a habit that many may possess.

In a recent study, researchers examined the association between the habit of eating at night, and the 5-6 year preceding subsequent weight changes in a middle-aged population.

This research found that women with night eating habits experienced an average 6 year weight gain of 5.2 kg (11.5 lb), whereas only 0.9 kg (2 lb) average weight gain was seen among women who did not get up at night to eat.

Night eating and weight change were not associated among men (very surprising to me).

Eating at night is generally not recommended, and I personally consider it to be a bad habit.  The night eating behavior often results in “morning anorexia” (minimal or no calorie intake at breakfast), evening hyperphagia (at least 50% of daily calorie intake after the evening meal) and insomnia.

As any bad habit, night eating is possible to change with small effort and lots of will-power.  This small lifestyle change is beneficial in the long run. Preventing wait gain (especially in women), “promoting” breakfast, as well as eliminating random night time awakening, giving you a better sleep!

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I need to start controlling my night munchies! They are starting to get out of control… Cereal at 5am day before yesterday and 1/3 of a Dove dark chocolate bar at 4:30am last night! :O

March 30th, 2010 | 1:58 pm

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April 8th, 2010 | 1:29 am
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