Late-night munching may affect belly circumference for numerous reasons. Late-night snacking's effects depend on the type and quantity of food, dietary patterns, and metabolism.
Late-night snacking adds calories. Overeating can cause weight gain and belly obesity.
Nighttime metabolism is lower than daytime metabolism. Consuming too many calories during this time may lead to fat storage.
Snack types matter. Nutrient-dense snacks like fruits, vegetables, or a small portion of protein may have different benefits than high-calorie, sugary, or processed snacks.
Late-night nibbling, especially on refined carbohydrates and sugars, can decrease insulin sensitivity. This may cause increased calorie storage, especially belly fat.
Poor sleep quality is linked to weight gain and belly fat, and late-night munching may impair sleep.
One must assess their nutrition, lifestyle, and health goals in context. Late-night munching, especially unhealthy snacks, can cause weight gain and belly size over time.
As with any diet, see a doctor or dietitian for tailored advice based on health needs and objectives.
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