Snacking Before Bed May Slow Weight Loss (fat oxidation)

by Mike Mutzel


Eating close to bedtime may slow down weight loss, two new studies find.

This research is worth reviewing because a popular feeding strategy for many who are new to intermittent fasting is bookending their day with a large meal.

Researchers found a correlation between elevated body fat and a shortened time between one’s last meal and the midpoint of their sleep.

Another article found that snacking just before bed reduced fat oxidation for several hours during sleep compared to eating the same calorie snack three hours prior to bed.

Being more conscious of time boundaries around when you eat may be as important as what you eat.

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Links to Studies Mentioned


Time-Restricted Eating to Prevent and Manage Chronic Metabolic Diseases Annu Rev Nutr. 2019 Aug 21; 39: 291–315.


Kelly KP, McGuinness OP, Buchowski M, Hughey JJ, Chen H, Powers J, et al. (2020) Eating breakfast and avoiding late-evening snacking sustains lipid oxidation. PLoS Biol 18(2): e3000622. 

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