Scientific research shows that it isn't when you take your calories in but rather how many you take in, that affects weight. So, while many people think that calories eaten before bedtime are somehow more damaging to weight management than calories eaten at other times of the day, that really isn't true. What is true is that people often overeat in the evening (i.e. mindlessly munching while watching television) or choose unhealthy snacks at night (a lot of people find it easier to binge on potato chips at night rather than for breakfast), both of which can lead to weight gain.
So, as long as you are eating appropriately at other times of the day and choosing a healthy option for dinner, a late meal shouldn't get in the way of your
That brings up a second point: after a workout, particularly a strenuous one, you do want to replace your fuel stores with some carbohydrate and a little bit of protein. A small protein shake, along with some good quality carbohydrate such as rice or whole grain bread, is a good option. The more strenuous the workout is, the more important it is to replenish those energy reserves.
You don't want to overeat at any of your meals, be it breakfast or a late-night dinner, if you're trying to lose weight. However, don't let calorie restriction get in the way of your ability to exercise hard. You need to have enough energy to complete full-length, high-quality workouts in order to get the most out of your training which, in turn, supports your goal of losing weight.
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.