The short answer is YES! However, we need to explain that YES! answer a bit. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Weight Control Information Network...
“...it does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.”
The problem with any type of snacking, but especially with nighttime snacking, is that often, those snacks put you over your daily calories (and macros, if you’re a macro tracker). And this can definitely lead to weight gain.
Another problem with snacking is that many people find that they go into that snack thinking, “I’ll just eat a little bit.” And then...they eat more than “just a little bit.” And for nighttime snacking, it can be so easy to overdo it once the sun goes down, especially if you’re feeling one of the following:
Here’s the deal: When that “little bit” turns into a lot, those extra calories can lead to weight gain. When you eat more calories than you burn during the day, you WILL gain weight. #truth
And let’s be totally real: If you feel hungry, and you keep putting off filling that need, you’ll eventually eat all the things in sight. Which is definitely not going to be healthy OR help you achieve your goals.
So, what do you do? Become a smart snacker!