Overweight Brits admits to binging on calories after midnight

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Are you getting up in the middle of the night for a high-fat snack?

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We're all guilty of indulging in a greasy kebab after a heavy night out, but a new report suggests one in five Britons are consuming hundreds of calories by getting up to snack in the middle of the night.

Most 'night binging' involves easy junk food items like crisps, sugary cereal and chocolate, but eight percent of people claim they actually cook themselves a hot meal in the early hours to prevent mid-sleep hunger.

Amazingly, just under a third of Brits thought this kind of secret eating wouldn't have an impact on their health!

The study by mattress brand Ergoflex UK, found that 89% of people struggle to sleep when they're hungry, so they get up and snack instead.

Do you want to break the habit?

Here are a few things to consider before you raid the fridge in the early hours...

• If you feel so hungry before you go to bed that you can't sleep, it's time to assess what you're having for dinner. A meal lacking complex carbohydrates, protein and vegetables won't keep you feeling fuller for longer and a junk-food takeaway will only give you a short term high.

• Eating close to bedtime or between periods of sleep will keep your metabolism firing, preventing your brain from 'shutting down' into sleep mode. This can cause nightmares and disrupted sleep, wrecking your concentration levels at work the next day.

• Eating in the middle of the night is almost 100% guaranteed to lead to weight gain because your body isn't in the right state to respond to these energetic peaks and troughs of calories and sugar. As a coping mechanism you're more likely to store excess stodge as fat.

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