Do the times of day you eat affect weight loss/gain?

I have read countless articles advising people not to eat past a certain time – some even suggest eating dinner as early as 5pm!

With the amount of information online now, people are constantly subjected to conflicting advice when it comes to health and losing weight so it can be really hard to know the right thing to do.


Information like this, particularly around times to eat really stress me out. And we all know the hormone cortisol which is the stress hormone isn’t good for weight gain! As someone who works in the City, has a long commute and normally trains in the evening. I often don’t eat until 8.30pm/9pm. So how much of an effect is this having on my weight?

As some of you know, I have been on a 12 week training plan and I am currently half way through. The times of day I am eating hasn’t really changed, I’m eating dinner the same time I always used to. And whilst I haven’t lost weight, I have lost fat.

The internet, magazine and social media influencers are fantastic sources for finding out information, but we need to take responsibility for finding out what works best for our own bodies and taking the information provided to us with a pinch of salt.

I found one article (linked below) that suggest people who eat late make unhealthy choices. What a huge assumption! What about the people who work different hours or don’t have the option to eat at 6pm when most are only just finishing work?!


Yes, eating at 6pm might be better for me, but if that means preparing my dinner the day before, taking it into work and then eating it at my desk before I leave for the day, I don’t think for me that is a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Many people today don’t work a normal 9-5 or work shifts, again meaning you’ll need to find times of day that work for you.

I don’t like eating after 9.30pm because I can’t sleep whilst I am still digesting but is it going to have a huge effect on my weight gain? For me, personally, knowing what I know and understand about my body. No, I don’t think it will.

By all means, take things on board and try something new for a few weeks to see how it works for you and your body. 



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