Can Eating Carbs At Night Make Me Fat?

Akash Sehrawat

2 min read | Dec 30, 2018

Each and every post/article that I write is an extension of me as a person and what I do in actuality.


For example, just after 2 hours of writing this answer, I will start cooking my dinner, which will look something like this,


This Is Easily 1200 Calories, Balanced Macronutrient Profiling


-Complex carbs from whole wheat spaghetti (I don’t always have whole wheat, by the way)


-High-Quality protein from tuna


-Veggies sautéed in the cold pressed coconut oil


-Extra virgin olive oil poured over this meal




-Occasional glass of red wine (not every time… I’m not much of a drinker)


Since I can never have this meal in the mornings, so I have it for dinner every time, which is around 7 pm (max 8 pm). I sleep by 10:00–10:30 pm, so I ensure that I leave a gap of 2 hours between my dinner and my sleeping time.


That’s the only thing I take care of. So coming back to the topic,


Can Eating Carbs At Night Make You Fatter?


Well, this is my full-length pose at the time of writing this answer



As you can see, I am pretty lean, and I have a goal even to cut down further. It’s a pretty common myth that eating carbs after 3 or 4 pm will make you fatter.


Let Me Start By Saying This


-Eating more than you can burn will make you fatter


-Eating refined sugars like donuts, pastries, and biscuits will increase your insulin resistance which eventually will make you fatter


-Not working out and living a sedentary lifestyle will make you fatter


-Your body is smart and knows how to regulate its metabolism based on your habitual eating patterns.


-Your body only cares about how much you eat usually in a 24 hours period, a week, or a month and regulates your weight accordingly.


Consider These Studies


Study 1)


Suggests that your metabolism varies throughout the day and is not slow at night. 1 You must have heard experts saying that your metabolism slows down at night, so not only avoid carbs but also eat dinner like a pauper (and breakfast like a ‘king’ and stuff..)


Study 2)


In a 1992 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, fifty-two moderately obese adult women were randomly assigned to a weight loss program. The no-breakfast group ate two meals per day, and the breakfast group ate three meals per day. 2


Their energy content was identical. Fat loss was greatest among the ex-breakfast eaters who followed the breakfast-skipping diet and their maximum calories after 6 pm.


I highly urge you to let go of these dogmas and myths and eat based on your dietary preferences and what lifestyle you prefer to follow.


And yes, remember to ‘Eat less than your TDEE.’ This is the only way to lose fat 🙂


Related Article: TDEE Definition: Total Daily Energy Expenditure

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About Akash Sehrawat

Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.


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