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Do not eat after 6 p.m .: How useful fasting is in the evening
Irregular eating harms health. But at what time of day do larger meals make sense? At least not in the evening mean many people who want to reduce their weight. They give up their supper in order to slim or stay. Finally, eating after 6 p.m. should make you fat. But is that really true?
Cooking big in the evening? Or would you rather just have a little something? Both are allowed, say nutritionists. Because eating after 6 p.m. only makes you fat if there was already too much in the day.
It's about the overall energy balance
In a specialist information from the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), the question is asked whether eating in the evenings has to be reduced or completely avoided in order to prevent weight gain or to lose weight faster?
Nutrition experts believe that eating after 6 p.m. is not automatically bad - and does not necessarily make you fat. This is true regardless of what is claimed in some diet guides. Nevertheless, it can often make sense to stop feeding in the evening.
"It's always a question of the overall energy balance," explains Silke Restemeyer from the DGE. Because whoever eats constantly or too much anyway, often has no end in the evening. There is not only dinner, but also chips and chocolate on the sofa.
Basically nothing speaks against a big dinner
A general rule such as "Do not eat after 6:00 p.m." can then help to reduce energy intake. This gives the metabolism a much-needed break from eating - and it doesn't even get used to the fact that there is constant supply. "The more I eat, the sooner I eat too much," says Restemeyer.
Basically, however, there is nothing to be said against a large and warm dinner, especially if there was only one roll at noon.
"It's always a question of individual preferences," says Restemeyer. A balanced, sensible warm meal is not fundamentally worse in terms of energy balance and health than a cold evening meal.
This is also shown by a study to which the DGE refers in its specialist information. The scientific work published in the journal "Journal of Nutrition" showed that eating an extensive breakfast resulted in a somewhat greater weight loss than an extensive dinner; an extensive dinner, however, resulted in better preservation of the lean body mass. (ad, source: dpa / tmn)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- German Nutrition Society: Does late food make you fat ?, (accessed: January 15, 2020), German Nutrition Society
- Keim NL, Van Loan MD, Horn WF, Barbieri TF, Mayclin PL: Weight loss is greater with consumption of large morning meals and fat-free mass is preserved with large evening meals in women on a controlled weight reduction regimen; in: Journal of Nutrition, (published: January 1997), Journal of Nutrition