Diet Myth 2

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Diet Myth 2

Eating after 6pm makes you gain weight

This myth was derived from the idea that your metabolism slows to a halt while you sleep. So the later you eat, the less time your body has to burn those calories.

“This makes sense, until you realise that our bodies don’t work like light switches, turning on when we’re awake and off while we sleep,” D’Avila said.

“While your metabolism slows down when you go to sleep, it doesn’t go away,” she said. “I have a lot of patients who are starving because they stop eating after 6pm, when there has never been any scientific evidence that suggests that this is something that should be avoided.”

“Look at Spain, where they eat dinner at 9 or 10pm and they don’t have the obesity problem we have here,” she said.

Instead of watching when we eat, D’Avila suggests we watch what we eat – and how much. A dinner of fish and veggies consumed at 10pm is far more nutritious and less fattening than a bag of Doritos inhaled in front of The Morning Show.

Also, consider how many calories you’ve consumed already that day before reaching for the pantry. If you’re eating because you’re hungry, that’s one thing; but if you’re just bored, maybe it’s time to go to bed.

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