Dr Michael Mosley often shares his weight loss tips with slimmers online as well as on television. He is the creator of The Fast 800 – a diet plan that helps people lose weight quickly.
“And we know the fat and sugar you eat later at night, it just hangs around in your system for much, much longer because your body is just closed down for night.
“Your digestive process will be closing down, and it really will not appreciate that late night snack.”
Dr Mosley added that although drinking alcohol and caffeine in moderation is allowed as part of a balanced diet, it is better to avoid these foods before going to bed.
He explained: “I think the main thing is to try and restrict alcohol and caffeine late at night, because both are likely to keep you awake.
“You can mainly get protein from meat or from fish, and you can also get it from legumes, but you have to eat rather more, which is why following The Fast 800 on a vegetarian diet is more challenging.
“We do have meal replacement shakes which are very rich in protein, and we’re also aiming to produce protein boosters, to help people who might otherwise struggle with it.
“The reason for protein is you need it for your muscle.
“You need it for all sorts of essential metabolic processes.
“And, also, because when you consume it, it’s digested slower by your body so you don’t get the same sort of peaks.”
The Fast 800 is a diet which combines time-restricted eating, intermittent fasting, and a diet of Mediterranean ingredients.