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Should You Skip Dinner or Eat Before Bed?

This may be one of the most well known struggles.. It is late at night and you are feeling hungry. But should you eat another meal right before going to bed or should you skip your late night dinner and wait for the morning? Our team will talk about why this happens, as well as which is the healthiest option for you.

woman eating late at night

Our team at Rooted Mama Health have years of experience researching and writing health, beauty, and lifestyle articles and this topic was no different. We had to perform the research and reach out to health experts to see if eating right before bed is healthy or not. This is a rumor that we hear all the time that if you eat right before bed it will cause issues with your metabolism or make you gain weight. But is this true at all? Our team will help you answer that question.

Below are our tips from our research to help you understand if you should eat before bed or if you should wait for the morning.

Listen To You Body

Believe it or not, your body does an incredible job at maintaining daily health and typically it is a good idea to listen to your body. Your body will signal your brain when it is hungry. And your body is able to digest and deal with food no matter what time of the day it is. This means that eating before bed isn't unhealthy, as long as you are eating healthy food and aren't overeating. 

It is possible to cause even more discomfort for your body if you only eat junk food and unhealthy options right before bed without any exercise or restraint to help the body function in a healthy manner. Which leads to our next point!

Pick Healthy Late Night Meals

When you are hungry at bed time is it important to pick a meal that will satisfy your hunger without causing your body issues such as heartburn, acid reflex, or cause your body to gain weight. This is why we recommend thinking about healthy options instead of giving into your junk food cravings. A sandwich, a fruit smoothie, a salad, or a bowl of soup will keep you full without causing any issues for your body to digest the food. It may not sound as glamorous as a fast food burger, but your body will thank you for consuming healthier options. We recommend that you look into getting a custom keto plan in order to get a personalize ketogenic diet that helps you reach your health goals.

Think About Your Current Health Risks

If you currently have any health conditions, or have conditions that may run in your family it is important to keep these in your mind when deciding when and what to eat before bed. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important to not skip a meal as this could be harmful for your health. We talk more about this in our Halki Diabetes Remedy review article. On the other hand, if you have a history with weight management or cardiovascular conditions then it can be recommend the fast at night to help you manage your weight. We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor or nutritionist if you have any existing health conditions.

Bottom Line: We recommend that you eat a small, but healthy meal at night if you are having a strong hunger calling. We recommend keeping this meal protein based with vegetables and fruits if possible.

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Susan Harris

By Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the owner of Rooted Mama Health. She is the mother to two amazing children and wife of a loving husband. She strives to provide the world with all the information they need to live a happy and health lifestyle.