If You're Always Super Hungry At Night You Might Be Accidentally Overeating

Having a big dinner?

If You're Always Super Hungry At Night You Might Be Accidentally Overeating NBC

When you get home from work, do you usually head straight to the fridge and make yourself a snack? Do you keep on doing that throughout the night until dinner and sometimes, after dinner?

If you snack constantly in the evenings, or eat a large dinner, you could be overeating and don't worry, there's a reason for it AND it's totally fixable if you want to cut down on your evening nibbles.


Over the last few years, researchers have found that in the evenings, we experience alterations in hormone levels that dictate how hungry we are.

This, in turn, may cause people to overeat without realising it.

Stress also doesn't help, a study found that people who were stressed in the evenings were more likely to snack before and after meals.


The study, which was conducted by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City, included 32 adults aged 18 to 35 who were all asked to participate in two experiments.

The first experiment asked participants to fast for 8 hours before receiving a "liquid meal", which only had 600 calories in it, at 9 in the morning.

For the second experiment, the participants were again asked to fast for 8 hours, but this time, they were given their meal at 4pm and guess what, both experiments showed that an increase in cortisol, a hormone that controls our hunger, increases significantly in the evening for some people, leading them to eat more.

The subjects who were also feeling stressed also ate more in the evening and felt more hungry than those who had their meals in the morning. 

Some of the subjects also had pre-existing eating disorders that were diagnosed after their hunger hormone levels increased significantly throughout the day.

So really, if you're eating more in the evenings, it's simply because your hunger hormones are elevated or you're stressed.


If you want to bypass this, try eating a bit more at lunch or, try and do something that calms you when you get home from work instead of heading straight to the fridge.