Probably you have been busy all day at work, forgetting it’s time to eat but hopeful that you would get home on time to at least eat supper but you are disappointed because you get home very late due to traffic.

And because you would want to maintain that flat belly and slender look, you would oblige.

Well, there is some great news for food lovers, not only can you eat your bedtime snacks two hours after the usual bedtime but it will necessarily boost your metabolism.

Before you start to doubt, here are seven golden reasons to eat at night.

1.Adequate food intake is vital for proper nourishment for both the healthy and unhealthy individual.

2.Bedtime snacking isn’t an exception as it helps to satisfy hunger, increase food and provides energy for optimum use by the cells of the body.

3.Snacks are a good way to ensure that individuals both old and young receive nourishment all night through. Fruits, vegetable salads, crackers with a little or no light salt soups are to be taken in moderation as snacks eaten between meals.

4.Having a fulfilled stomach will help you to fall and stay asleep. Many people struggle with sleeping at night. The much easier way to fall asleep is to make sure you have well fed yourself before sleeping.

5.Your body still works when you are sleeping. In the night, eating a healthy snack will maintain your metabolism which means your body can continue to do healing and fat-burning work while you sleep.

6.Eating late at night can make you lose weight. General health and weight loss are about nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs to work best, and keeping your blood sugar levels stable. According to Livingstone.com When you eat the right amounts of the right foods, your blood sugars stabilise and your fat burning hormone glycogen can do its job. When you skip the bedtime snack, your blood sugar crashes shortly after you fall asleep, and you don’t sleep well and pack on the pounds. So, skipping your bedtime snack can cause weight gain. And consuming a nicely balanced bedtime snack can promote weight loss.

7.It is recommended that bedtime snacks should be are taken about an hour or two after a supper meal that is if one feels hungry. Healthy snacks should be eaten between the three major meals of the day. These are mid-morning snack, mid-afternoon snack and bedtime snack.

However, it is also advised to stay up for about an hour or two after a snack as they also contain a considerable amount of energy that can be stored should one go to sleep right after eating.

So, start today and make it a priority to incorporate a bedtime snack into your regular bedtime regimen and start reaping the benefits before you start to feel the familiar grumble in your tummy.