Part true, part wives' tale.
The truth is that some people get upset tummies or sleep worse at night if they eat too close to bed time. However, that's not everybody. I personally sleep better if I eat something before bed.
The wives' tale is that it will make you fat. Food will be metabolized the way it normally is. Yes, you aren't expending much energy while you sleep compared to when you're up on your feet during a busy day, but it doesn't mean the calories go straight to fat. No matter when you eat, initially, blood sugar will spike a bit, and then your body will use that glucose in your blood preferentially to keep itself alive. If the sugar is too high for demand, some will enter GLYCOGEN store tanks first, and then fat cells. If the sugar becomes too low (not hypoglycemia, just at a specific level, which is common when you sleep actually), then your body signals energy to be released, either from glycogen or from fat.
Moral of the story: you can have extra energy stored as fat at any time, and you can have needed energy being taken out of fat at any time. Time of day doesn't matter too much.
"One step in the right direction won't change the world, but it's a start. Someone's got to see the good in everything." -- Said the Whale, Banks of the English Bay
"Everything that you believe is everything you need right now." -- David Lanz, Whispered in Signs
|144 Days since: Binging/Restricting