Eating before bed: Good or Bad?

It’s three hours past dinner and you’re getting ready for bed, when you hear the grumbling of your stomach. You’ve been told again and again that eating before bed will make you fat; that eating before bed gives superfluous calories; that you shouldn’t eat after 8 pm. However, from my personal experience that isn’t always the case. Now I don’t recommend you eat a three course meal before bed, but going to bed hungry can be worse than eating too much.

The question of whether you should or you shouldn’t really does depend on individuals. Studies have shown that for some people it is a bad idea as your metabolism is slower and having an extra snack – extra calories. However, for some people who would normally be naturally hungry in the evening then having a snack before bed is a good idea. It also has been proven that by having a healthy snack before bed can help you sleep better and can help stabilise your morning blood sugar.

The one thing I would say though is try and avoid carbs before bed, as it significantly rises the storage of the hormone insulin – puts the breaks on fat-burning. Instead, slow digesting proteins provide your body with a steady flow of amino acids throughout the night to help you recover from exercise and maintain your calorie-burning lean muscle as you lose fat. Therefore, foods like cottage cheese, green vegetables, chicken or turkey are good choices.

The answer to whether or not it’s a bad idea to eat before bed really depends on you and your habits. It’s not a good idea to make a habit of snacking on unhealthy foods before bed. It’s also unwise to eat a large portion of your calories during the night. However, it’s perfectly fine for most people to have a healthy snack before bed.


Eating before bed: Good or Bad?