When you go to sleep, your body enters rest mode. It requires significantly less energy to function than when you’re, say, awake running a mile. This means that any digested food gets stored as fat during this time instead of burned off as energy. How do you avoid this? Don’t eat so close to bedtime! Whatever your bedtime is, subtract 3 hours and make that your food curfew. I think 8pm (2000 hours) is a reasonable hour for the average responsible adult. That way, your body has time to digest dinner before you go into rest mode. This will be my hardest habit change yet, so if it’s a challenge, know that you’re not alone. After your curfew, just drink water. Period.