Ask Coach Jackie: Does eating at night cause weight gain?
Answer: Many people believe their metabolism plummets later in the day, which is why we often overeat nutritionally corrupt foods. But a calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it. As long as you don’t take in more calories than you burn in a day, you won’t gain weight. Overeating at 9 p.m. is essentially no worse than overeating at 9 a.m.
If you workout in the evening, eating at night is a must. You have to eat a well-balanced meal to encourage recovery no matter how late it is. As long as you don’t gorge, you’re not in danger of gaining weight. But if you routinely eat more than you should at night, you’re going to sabotage your efforts.