Don’t Fall Prey To This Common Weight Loss Myth

There is one VERY common weight loss myth you MUST avoid if you not only want to lose weight… but maintain your sanity as well! Continue reading to learn more…

Are you doing everything you think you’re supposed to when you want to lose weight?

But if you’re using the wrong approach it won’t matter what you do the results just won’t come.

It’s like training to become an accountant by studying biology. No matter how hard you try it won’t yield results because you’re approaching it in the wrong manner.

The same goes for weight loss.

Let’s look at a common weight loss myth that will derail your efforts if you follow it.

Eating Before Bed Will Cause Fat Gain

Have you set a rule that you will not have anything to eat past 6 pm? Or, perhaps you’re a little more lenient with yourself and 8 pm is your cut-off instead.

Either way, this needs to stop right now!

The notion that any food you eat before bed will instantly get converted to body fat couldn’t be further from the truth.


Because your body doesn’t stop running after 8pm.

Your Body Is Like The Duracell Bunny

You’re still going to require calories as your heart is going to keep beating, your lungs are going to keep transporting oxygen throughout the body, and your brain is going to keep working. Even if you’re just sitting on the couch watching late night TV.

The primary reason why eating before bed can cause fat gain is simply because people are not planning for it, nor are they making smart food choices.

You Are What You Eat

Think about what the typical person does when they eat before bed.

They sit down, remote in hand, and start stuffing their mouths with chips, soda, candy, chocolate, and many other processed foods that are anything but healthy.

When was the last time you sat down and ate a chicken breast and watched your favourite TV show?

Never, right?

Exactly. It just doesn’t happen.

When you do this, not only are you putting unhealthy foods in the body that are only going to spark hunger and make you want to continue to eat and eat and eat (since simple carbs will do that to you), but you’re going to end up taking in a very high number of calories, which definitely will put you above your target weight loss calorie intake for the day.

Calories In vs. Calories Out

Remember, the total amount of weight loss you see does come down to calories consumed versus calories burned so if that late-night eating fest is causing you to take in 300-500 calories, this is definitely going to be a big bump in the progress that you see.

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

The trick to being able to eat before bed and not having it cause fat gain is planning for it so it’s actually built right into your total calorie intake for the day and then making sure to eat foods that prevent hunger, not encourage it.

What foods do this?

Lean proteins and healthy fats.

Sitting down to a light snack of some cottage cheese with natural peanut butter for instance will calm your hunger pains and allow you to go to bed feeling satisfied.

This is as far away as you can get from sitting down to a bowl of chips and soft drink, which leads to a craving for chocolate, then to the tub of ice cream in the freezer as well.

Eating Is OK

Furthermore, eating before bed can actually have a positive effect on the anxiety people feel related to reducing their daily intake.

Who would want to go to bed feeling hungry because they won’t eat any food after a certain time, this just creates more anxiety.

By allowing yourself a snack when you are hungry and including it in your day, you’ll eliminate any anxious feelings.

This positive mindset will flow onto how you feel about the success you want.

Now is the time to get rid of the notion of late-night food=fat gain.

While it can definitely be true that without planning and with the wrong food choices fat gain can happen, when it is properly allowed for, with better food selection you can definitely get the results you’re looking for.

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Darren is a fitness professional with over 10 years experience and has helped hundreds of people to reach their health and fitness goals. His interest lies in strength training and in particular maintaining muscle as we age.

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