Does late-night eating cause weight gain?
Many of the studies involving late-night eating have been conducted on lab mice or on people who are deemed "late sleepers," not necessarily on people who routinely eat the biggest or most caloric meals late in the day.
Those who are dieting are routinely told to cut off meals after 7 or 8 p.m. to improve metabolic rates and reduce weight gain. Although it would seem to be good advice, there is no definitive scientific research that equates eating at night to weight gain.
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