Two Best Reasons Not to Eat at Night

Why You Shouldn’t Eat Late in the Evening


To improve your health, orga­nize you dai­ly sched­ule so that you’re not eat­ing any­thing after 8pm (or even 7pm, if you can man­age it).

There are two rea­sons why.

  1. Putting food into your stom­ach soon before you lie down can cause symp­toms of acid reflux, or make them worse.

When you’re sit­ting or stand­ing, grav­i­ty pulls down on your stom­ach con­tents and pre­vents reflux. With­out grav­i­ty, a full stom­ach can press upward against the under­side of the diaphragm, caus­ing unpleas­ant symp­toms, even for those with­out full-blown reflux.

If you eat a late din­ner, you’re also ask­ing your intesti­nal tract to con­tin­ue spin­ning its diges­tive gears long into the night. That’s not fair to your gut, nor does it allow for a rest­ful night’s sleep.

2.  Your meta­bol­ic sys­tem has been designed to work best when peri­ods of fast­ing are inter­spersed with short bursts of eat­ing. Nib­bling con­stant­ly through­out the day, and top­ping it off with a snack right before bed, throws this ben­e­fi­cial meta­bol­ic pat­tern into dis­ar­ray. Your cells grad­u­al­ly lose their sen­si­tiv­i­ty to the hor­mon­al sig­nals – insulin and lep­tin — that turn active metab­o­lism off and on.

Once your cells start on the path to insulin insen­si­tiv­i­ty, you’re but a short step removed from type 2 dia­betes. Type 2 dia­betes occurs when your body’s response to insulin becomes so slug­gish that your pan­creas has to keep pump­ing out more and more of it.

If you want to do an even bet­ter job of keep­ing your metab­o­lism primed and respon­sive to insulin, add in a full day of fast­ing once every few weeks. Then your cells will main­tain their insulin sen­si­tiv­i­ty and jump into full absorp­tion mode when nour­ish­ment does reap­pear – just like your kit­ty does when she meows for her food bowl at 5 am.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

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