Eating at night doesn't have to make you fat. In fact, new research
suggests potential benefits, including bigger muscles and a cranked-up
1. More Muscle
In research published last year in Medicine & Science in Sports
& Exercise, scientists in the Netherlands discovered that consuming
casein (the dominating protein in milk) after an evening workout but 30
minutes before sleep increased protein synthesis in men.
2. Faster Metabolism
A study from Florida State University found that when fit men eat a
modest (150-calorie) nighttime snack consisting of protein or
carbohydrates, they have a higher resting metabolic rate in the morning
than when they consume nothing at all before bed.
3. Less Hunger
Having a snack before bed may leave you less hungry in the morning
and improve satiety between meals the next day, according to research
from Florida State University. The type of food didn't matter, but
emphasizing protein is smart because it helps you build muscle.
4. Lower Weight
Having Seinfeld's favorite food -- cereal -- may be an ideal way to
end the day. In a Wayne State University study, people who ate cereal
before bed lost roughly 2 pounds in 4 weeks, while people who didn’t
have the cereal lost about a half pound.