On the subject of popular diet myths, this one ranks weigh up there. Some folks believe strongly that eating much after dinner will pack on the pounds.
Not true, according to Erin McCarthy, MS, RD, LDN, professional dietician at the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
McCarthy said, “It makes no difference what time you eat. What matters is how many calories you consume vs how many you burn through activity over time.”
I must confess this was music to my ears. As a calorie counter, this makes perfect sense to me. You can read further on calorie counting and weight control principles on my page How to lose weight and keep it off.
The following is point eight from that page: “To lose weight you want to create a negative energy balance. Take in less calories than you need in a day and your weight will melt off. Any calorie table can give you that number. Simple math: 3500 calories = 1 pound, never forget that. Cutting 500 calories a day loses 1 pound a week. If you eat 250 fewer calories and burn off an extra 250 calories, it will have the same effect as cutting 500 calories.”
To summarize, it’s not how late you eat, but how much. You don’t have to count calories to lose weight, but it really helps. Maybe you ought to give it a try.