Can you eat after 11 pm?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “can you eat after 11 pm?” and we will discuss the factors involved in eating after 11 pm. In addition, we’ll show you what happens when you eat after 11 pm.

Can you eat after 11 pm?

Depending on your sleep cycle, yes, you can eat after 11 pm. However, it is important to pay attention to some factors explained here.

The functioning of each person’s organism is individual. This means that each person will have a different response in different situations, such as eating after 11 pm. What is good for one person may not necessarily be good for another.

Most studies that have been carried out to date show a trend in which eating at late times, especially too much, can bring some harm to health.

However, although the time seems to be relevant, what is important in our diet is what we consume in the nutritional sense (which nutrients are present in that food) and how much of these foods will be consumed.

The quantity and quality of food ingested seem to be more important than the exact time when we are going to have a meal.

Scientifically can we or cannot eat after 11 pm or later hours?

Who has never heard that saying: “Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a beggar”.

The explanation for the hypothesis that eating late is harmful is related to the circadian clock, and energy homeostasis. But what does that mean exactly?

Our body has a biological timing system that is found in virtually every cell. This time coordinates and synchronizes daily behaviors and physiology, such as sleep, hormone release, and eating or fasting itself.

But for this clock to perform these behaviors is directly related to stimuli and signals from the environment, especially food and light. In this way, biology is then coordinated internally with the environment in which we are inserted.

In practice in our day-to-day, we end up, for example, eating at times that are usually repeated throughout the day. In addition, we end up eating at times when we are most active and when light is present.

If we get out of this habit and eat at times when our body expects a rest and the incidence of light is already lower or even non-existent, the chance of imbalance is huge, once everything is regulated.

In this sense, studies have been based mainly on this aspect to answer the question “can you eat late or after 11 pm (for example)”.

After what time is it not recommended to eat anymore?

This is a question that has no single answer. Everything will depend on your choices, your circadian cycle. There are no studies that show a standard time for everyone.

But what studies show is that some eating patterns help in the proper functioning of our body.

These patterns can be summarized in 3 main points:

  • The first one is about a daily diet that is within 12 hours throughout your day (so if you have your first meal for example at 7 am, the others would be until 7 pm)
  • Second: consuming more caloric foods if they are at the beginning of the day (this is also explained why insulin is more sensitive at the beginning of the day), then it would be a more “active” period for our body
  • The third point is related to not eating close to bedtime because at that time melatonin levels are higher (and melatonin reduces insulin release).

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Can eating after 11 pm cause weight gain?

If we look at what has been described here, we will understand that there are many factors to answer this question.

But yes, there is a tendency to gain weight if we do not pay attention to our routine and balance of our body. Healthy habits, such as food, physical activity, and taking care of our minds will dictate everything.

Is there any benefit to be gained from eating after 11 pm?

Interestingly, it seems that we may have some benefit from eating after 11 pm. Meals with significant levels of protein seem to help with muscle repair and growth because the night is the main time when “our body repairs” occur.

It has also been mentioned about the benefit that eating late makes you not wake up so hungry, the famous “rumbling stomach”. But in the face of this, it is not clarified in the scientific literature, only hypotheses are raised.


In this brief guide, we answered the question, “can you eat after 11 pm?” and we discussed the factors involved in eating after 11 pm. In addition, We showed you what happens when you eat after 11 pm.


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