Every day, we see an increase in health issues. As we know, these days people watch movies or web series late at night with munchies which usually blame obesity. Having the temptation of food in the middle of the night, that is late-night cravings which happen to even the best of us every once in a while and is common that our sleeping routine is disrupted. But eating late regularly is bad for one’s health.
The habit of late-night eating usually starts with skipping breakfast, eating petite lunch, and by 8 pm you want to eat everything in sight or even wake up at midnight with food cravings.
We all know that unhealthy eating can be harmful to one's health. But what are the health effects of eating late at night?
This is one of the most important reasons why late-night eating should be avoided. Eating processed snacks or packed food is the most possible risk that people take for weight gain. People are aware and it’s a fact too that late-night meals lead to weight gain but are not aware of it that it can happen. This is generally caused by the change in the metabolic functions during our sleeping hours and waking hours. At night, the procedure of the body’s metabolism slows down and the food that we eat is metabolized and digested at a slower rate. That is why doctor’s prescriptions say that people should eat their meals at least two hours before bed. But if you feel like trying, you should eat foods that are low in calories and rich in fiber, and easy to consume.
People who tend to eat their food late are also likely to make poor food choices. Part of the reason is that you’re tired late at night. Also if you don’t get enough sleep, you tend to eat more than you probably should.
These cravings and poor choices if we act on them, can lead to eating disorders. This is a negative health sign.
Eating disorders like emotional eating cause you to eat a lot more throughout the day. Or you would be eating less than average calories that your body needs.
Acid refluxing occurs.
Acid reflux happens when the stomach acid trickles up into the oesophagus after eating. It is often accompanied by a burning sensation in the lower or mid-chest.
Occasional acid reflux or heartburn symptoms rarely occur for giving a warning and indicates that chronic digestive disorder or GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease is taking place. Just after eating, if you lie down to bed can trigger your acid reflux or other GERD symptoms. That’s why overeating or eating high-fat foods can increase your risk for heart health.
Creates disturbance in the sleep cycle.
Having that eagerness of eating something at night when you feel ridiculous hunger can lead to many issues. Eating food late at night can abruptly affect your sleep cycle. In that case, the digestion of food procedures can take a toll on your sleep cycle in which you will feel difficult to sleep at night.
Try to avoid sugary and oily foods like chocolates, cookies, chips, ice cream, etc. at night as they can disrupt your food cycle. Spicy food and dairy are often the worse offenders in the night.
Now you can figure out how bad late-night eating is, that is, detrimental to your health. If you can, avoid eating at odd hours. Its many health effects are not worth it. We all desire to live a long and healthy life. Stay fit with a proper diet at proper timing and reduce the negative impact on your precious body.
If you are struggling with eating at night, try to get help sooner, rather than later. Most people wait too long to get help or assume that help is not available.
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