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Will Eating after 8 p.m. Cause Weight Gain?

What you eat—not when you eat—makes the difference. Calories have the same effect on the body no matter what time of day they are consumed. Evidence does suggest that eating regular meals, especially breakfast, helps promote weight loss by reducing fat intake and minimizing impulsive snacking throughout the rest of the day. Planned, healthy snacks prevent between-meal cravings.

Every person's calorie needs are different. Weight gain can only happen if you eat more than you need in a day. For help with determining your calorie needs—and to receive a personalized weight management plan—consult with a registered dietitian.

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