We all know that in order to lose visceral fat or weight and we have to reduce the number of calories we take in and or increase the number of calories we burn. How we put this principle into practise is not easy. Many people have argued that nighttime eating causes weight gain.
If you skip meals during the day and hope to catch up with night time dinner this will be detrimental to your health. Unless you exercise regularly, you will build a lot of visceral fat and thin arms and legs. You will be weak and appear wasted except for the belly fat.
Suppose your calorie intake over 24 hours may be 3000. The body does not want all these calories at once. It allocates energy minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour as its needs dictate.
In this case it would be 3000/24 = 125 calories per hour or 2.08 calories per minute. Your body has no specified time point when these calories may be taken but you should not go hungry. Spreading out the meals throughout the day ensures that the body is not burdened with all the calories required for the day at once.
The advantage of taking small meals is that they keep your digestive system active and thus help raise your metabolism. In the above case theperson may consume 3000-calorie diet as 5 small meals of approximately 500 calories.
This would boost his metabolism. You must however watch out that the small meals donot exceed what you used to take before. We know that higher metabolism increases fat burning and therefore you achieve a more rapid fat loss.
Lets look at insulin sensitivity. This is the degree to which cells respond to a particular dose of insulin by lowering blood glucose levels. We know insulin sensitivity is lowest at night when cortisol levels are elevated.
At this time your muscle cell insulin sensitivity is lowered. Any carbohydrates that you take in at night will not be absorbed effectively in muscle cells due to the decreased insulin sensitivity.
Your body does not expect you to be eating when you should be asleep. However the liver will convert the excess glucose into fat in the presence of cortisol well you sleep. The body is set to build while you sleep.
Cortisol promotes development of visceral obesity.It therefore makes it difficult to lose lose visceral fat. It has a direct negative impact on insulin function throughout the body. Even a modest sustained up-regulation of cortisol production may have the potential to increase risk for insulin-resistance.
It therefore makes sense that you should cut down your calories intake especially from carbohydrates at night. If you are going to lose visceral fat , especially if fat loss has not been effective despite various attempts you should limit carbs intake at night.