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Does Eating Right Before Bedtime Cause Weight Gain?

I decided last year that I'd like to lose 15 to 20 pounds. So far, though, I've been unsuccessful. Due to my work schedule, I tend to have dinner fairly late in the evening -- around 9 or 10 o'clock, on average. A friend of mine recently told me that eating right before going to bed is a big factor in weight gain. Is this true? Could my eating schedule be preventing me from losing weight?

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There is some data suggesting an association between eating later in the day and greater daily caloric intake. These studies showed that eating more calories earlier in the day was associated with eating less throughout the rest of the day and eating less overall. These associations were true, regardless of the types of foods that were consumed.
One study also showed that food was more satisfying in the morning than in the evening. Eating earlier in the day resulted in less frequent food consumption throughout the rest of the day. Eating more food later in the day resulted in more frequent eating throughout the remaining evening hours.
Theoretically, if eating later in the day results in greater food intake overall, then it could contribute to weight gain. Studies have not been performed demonstrating this effect, so it is unclear if there is really any association between eating later in the day and weight gain.
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