Researchers suspect that the longer lapse between meals allows the body to process the food more efficiently. They noticed that even mice fed a high fat diet gained less weight when they fasted for 16 hours than those who eat more frequently. good news for mice-and perhaps just another reason for us to say goodbye to late night meals and snacks.
Avoid large meals late at night. According to the National Institutes of health, late night meals can cause indigestion that interferes with sleep. The same goes for alcohol. While a nightcap might help you relax before bed and initially fall asleep, drinking as little as two alcoholic drinks actually robs you of deep sleep and REM sleep, which means you wake up more frequently.
In addition, studies show that late-night noshing increases triglyceride levels, a type of fat found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't use right away into triglycerides; and high levels may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.