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October 6, 2013 12:59 PM
Yes, again me :)

I'm a college student. So far, I had a steady life, but now I have a part-time job. I feel too tired & sleepy in the evenings while dieting. What happens if I eat 500 calories all morning and 1000 calories at night?
  44348363
October 6, 2013 1:02 PM
A calorie surplus = weight gain.
A calorie deficit = weight loss.
Meal timing is personal preference.
October 6, 2013 1:02 PM
No it does not. Overeating will make you fat.
October 6, 2013 1:02 PM
Eating at night does not make you fat, just as eating in the morning does not make you thin.

You gain weight by eating more calories than you burn. These overabundance of calories can be eaten in one sitting or eaten in small meals throughout the day.
  44560915
October 6, 2013 1:04 PM
Is it an either/or choice? If you're hungry and tired at the end of the day, why dont you try to keep a constant blood sugar level by eating more frequently?
  25148565
October 6, 2013 1:11 PM
Makes no difference whatsoever, as long as you are eating in a caloric deficit then meal frequency will have no bearing on weight loss. I take a 500 calorie snack to bed (literally) every night and have managed to lose a few pounds..... Best of Luck
  12269569
October 6, 2013 1:12 PM
I used to have school 10 am to 3 then work 4 - 9 (no lunch break) almost every day so I ate very little all day, then a lot in the evening. I lost probably 10 pounds unintentionally in 6 months. so yes, you will lose weight not matter when you eat as long as you're under calories.
  48971974
October 6, 2013 1:14 PM
I've always been told that it is better to try to spread the calories/meals evenly throughout the day. Though I've also heard that it's better to consume more calories earlier in the day rather than later if you are more sedentary at night. Some will say this is more "optimal" but I think what makes people fat is simply a matter of eating more calories than what is being burnt off.

If you need more calories for the evening, so be it. See how you feel!
October 6, 2013 1:16 PM
Eating too much and doing too little makes you fat. It's very simple.
  5396342
October 6, 2013 1:19 PM
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Eating too much and doing too little makes you fat. It's very simple.


This!

I personally prefer eating more throughout the day, but that's only because I will overeat if I don't eat all day AND if I'm not logging my food. However, that has absolutely nothing to do with the time of day.
  1299608
October 6, 2013 1:22 PM
No, it won't affect your weight loss, BUT saving most of your calories for nighttime might be the reason you're so tired.

I used to do the SAME thing- I was so afraid of overeating at night that I'd save lots of calories, but then I just obsessed about food all day and it made sticking to my diet MUCH harder. I never lasted very long eating that way because I was miserable all day and looking forward to eating a lot at night. What I do now is a 300-375 cal breakfast, 400 cal lunch salad, 100 cal afternoon snack (almost always apple slices). I end up with about 550 cals left for dinner. Dinner is usually protein like fish, or a wrap sandwich or a tortilla pizza, plus a HUGE amount of veggies. Like, an entire cauliflower roasted or a pound of stringbeans. Whatever your favorite veg is. I roast the veggies until yummy and crispy, and I eat them in front of the TV like popcorn. I get the same satisfaction of snacking all night long but I stay in my calories. I have no problem fitting in a 1/2 cup serving of ice cream some nights too :)
  26016442
October 6, 2013 1:24 PM
Go ahead and eat at night! Makes no difference. Graze, eat big meals, whatever. As stated it's all about totals.

One meat tip though: carb heavy meals make some people sleepy a couple hours later (the 4pm feeling). So if you concentrate your carbs at night, you sleep like a baby, and since they can trigger an urge to eat more, you're skipping that danger by being asleep.
October 6, 2013 1:43 PM
Thanks for the replies!
  44348363
October 6, 2013 1:48 PM
Im going to have to say from experience, eating late at night does affect your weight loss. Try to eat most of your calories in the first half of your day.
  7678507
October 6, 2013 1:50 PM
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Im going to have to say from experience, eating late at night does affect your weight loss. Try to eat most of your calories in the first half of your day.

Really? In my experience, it does not.
  15417651
October 6, 2013 1:56 PM
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Go ahead and eat at night! Makes no difference. Graze, eat big meals, whatever. As stated it's all about totals.

One meat tip though: carb heavy meals make some people sleepy a couple hours later (the 4pm feeling). So if you concentrate your carbs at night, you sleep like a baby, and since they can trigger an urge to eat more, you're skipping that danger by being asleep.


I had never heard that before, but it makes sense! I was always worried heavy night carbs were bad.
  5266579
October 6, 2013 1:57 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Im going to have to say from experience, eating late at night does affect your weight loss. Try to eat most of your calories in the first half of your day.

Really? In my experience, it does not.


Didn't you hear? Nighttime calories are actually smaller. Same rule applies if they're eaten while standing or if it's past noon on Saturday.
  31837789
October 6, 2013 1:57 PM
yes. if you eat anything after 6 you will instantly gain 100lb!
  4164508
October 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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What happens if I eat 500 calories all morning and 1000 calories at night?


Well, it adds up to 1,500 cals
October 6, 2013 1:58 PM
If it puts you over your TDEE (the calorie amount needed to maintain your current weight AFTER your activity level, including workouts, is factored in) then yes. If it doesn't, then no.
  21291152
October 6, 2013 2:02 PM
When you eat, how many times you eat, and all the rest make no difference except in how it affects your overall ability to stick to your calorie goals. Personally for me starting to eat later in the day, skipping breakfast time and sometimes even the typical mid-day lunch time works fine. I prefer the large meals and have no issue with energy. Others prefer eating a bunch of small meals spread throughout the day. Others prefer eating bigger meals in the morning. As long as whatever pattern you use keeps you eating the number of calories you should, they all work fine.
  3004823
October 6, 2013 2:04 PM
does eating on your lunch break and then going and sitting at your desk for the rest of the day make you fat?


same concept as eating at night. neither make you gain weight unless you are eating at a caloric surplus.
  40907942
October 6, 2013 2:04 PM
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Im going to have to say from experience, eating late at night does affect your weight loss. Try to eat most of your calories in the first half of your day.


Yes I see now. Calories eaten at night turn to fat because sleeping is like being dead, except you store fat. Then if you don eat the next day, your bod won't use any of that zombie sleep fat, and it runs on unicorn magic instead.
October 6, 2013 2:06 PM
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Makes no difference whatsoever, as long as you are eating in a caloric deficit then meal frequency will have no bearing on weight loss. I take a 500 calorie snack to bed (literally) every night and have managed to lose a few pounds..... Best of Luck


Phenominal weight loss ~ well done!

OP ~ No!
Edited by GrandMaKandy On October 6, 2013 2:07 PM
  45283432
October 6, 2013 2:06 PM
one of the things you may want to think about is sodium from foods and especially the heavier foods that are harder to digest. When you eat like this, in some foods you will retain water and your body may not burn calories as you would while up and working through the day.
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