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May 23, 2011 4:34 PM
anyone know? i cant seem to get a good stable answer. i dont get home from work until almost 6 and i try to excercise for about an hour and after my shower its already anywhere between 7-8pm. i go to bed by 10 so i dont like to eat late, but im not meeting calorie goals... i have also tried excercising before dinner, but then its almost dark.

any tips?
Edited by xtinalovexo On May 23, 2011 4:35 PM
May 23, 2011 4:37 PM
not that i follow this....but i have an app for jillian on my phone and it says dont eat after 9pm
  6148478
May 23, 2011 4:42 PM
Honestly, I think it depends on your schedule. You should probably give yourself a couple of hours. I usually stay up until 1 or 2 AM, so I usually don't have anything past 11 or midnight. Sometimes it's much earlier-depends on whether I feel like snacking or not. I've been trying to avoid all late night nibbling, though.
May 23, 2011 4:42 PM
I've always been told 2 hrs before you go to bed.
  7153929
May 23, 2011 4:43 PM
A good rule of thumb to follow is to stop eating 12 hours after you eat breakfast. (Hoping and assuming you have breakfast shortly after you wake in the morning.)
May 23, 2011 4:44 PM
I've always heard 2 hours before bed as well, but, you do want to have something after your workout. As someone that has a similar schedule as yours....I started walking during my lunch break, or running immediately after work...even before my afternoon commute!

Good luck!
  3014172
May 23, 2011 4:44 PM
I eat anytime night or day... Does not seem to make any difference, I lose or gain, depending on what I am trying to accomplish each month, strictly by the amount of calories I eat regardless of the time of the meals.
  3049217
May 23, 2011 4:46 PM
I agree with Frugalmomsrock - When I was training for the army I was told to allow 2-3 hours before bed to digest. I don't know how much of that is from a nutritional standpoint or if it's just not a good idea to have a meal right before bed. I know some people get reflux or can't sleep well if they eat too late before bed. I generally adhere to no fewer than 3 hours before bed though.
  7599649
May 23, 2011 4:47 PM
Your best bet is to ask yourself what your goal is. Trying to gain weight? Lose weight? If you're trying to gain weight my suggestion would be don't worry too much about it (just don't fill up completely before bed). Toning up and losing fat is easier than gaining muscle (in my opinion) especially if youre tracking macro's. If your goal is to lose weight, many people/studies suggest not eating 2 hours before bed, this allows for gastric emptying.
Best of luck!
P.S. if you're not meeting your calorie goals, try moving some of your calories to earlier in the day.
May 23, 2011 4:47 PM
I was told by my Dr. not to eat 2 hrs before bed. Helps with acid not coming back up your esophagus etc.
May 23, 2011 4:47 PM
It doesn't matter. Eat when you're hungry. Several days of intense workouts will often lead to hunger at 2 am. I eat because my body is still working even though I'm asleep.

If you're hungry at night, eat a high protein, low-fat snack. The protein will be put to work making muscular repairs throughout the night and you'll wake up recovered and not starving!

Honestly, time of day does not matter. What in the world would people who work the night shift do?
May 23, 2011 4:47 PM
Depends on what time you get up & eat breakfast. You shouldn't go more than 9-10 hours without eating. I stopped eating after 8pm, and then wasn't eating until 7am, and I was getting sick. As long as you are within your calorie goal, and it's healthy, you should eat when you are hungry.
May 23, 2011 4:48 PM
I think it comes down to calories in verses calories out, not when you eat them. I eat heavily at nite... helps stave off binging on "bad" stuff:

6 pm- tea with banana on crispbread with honey
7 pm - friut or salad
Between 8 and 9:30 pm - dinner
Before bed - usually around 10:30 - 11:00 pm - 8 oz skim milk and 100 calorie snack pack.

I exercise hard so I have a lot of calories to use and I have never been concerned with the time. Ihave done pretty good. I think you need to do what fits your lifestyle and feels good/right to you.
  2876268
May 23, 2011 4:49 PM
2 hours seems doable for me! thx for the info
May 23, 2011 4:51 PM
Wow, misinformation a-plenty. You can eat any time. There is no magic cutoff time.
May 23, 2011 4:52 PM
I think the idea of not eating before bed was mostly geared toward simple carbs because during sleep you will not be utilizing many muscles and do not need the sugars to burn. A light protein or good fat can help to keep sugars stable and ward off "midnight snack" if that is a problem. I usually eat a casein based protein food.
Edited by Aetarac On May 23, 2011 4:54 PM
May 23, 2011 5:07 PM
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I think the idea of not eating before bed was mostly geared toward simple carbs because during sleep you will not be utilizing many muscles and do not need the sugars to burn. A light protein or good fat can help to keep sugars stable and ward off "midnight snack" if that is a problem. I usually eat a casein based protein food.


yeah a midnight snack always turns into junk food. also if i eat dairy too close to be i get a stomach ache.
May 23, 2011 6:14 PM
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Wow, misinformation a-plenty. You can eat any time. There is no magic cutoff time.


you are misinformed........ you have to give your body time to to digest your hormones time to do their thing, because if u dont stop eating after 9pm your body won't slip into a deep sleep, so you wont be as rested which causes you to be hungrier in the morning
  6148478
May 23, 2011 6:25 PM
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Wow, misinformation a-plenty. You can eat any time. There is no magic cutoff time.


you are misinformed........ you have to give your body time to to digest your hormones time to do their thing, because if u dont stop eating after 9pm your body won't slip into a deep sleep, so you wont be as rested which causes you to be hungrier in the morning


This is not true. Many body builders and professional athletes eat their last meal around 10 pm. Eating a protein based snack late does not affect your ability to slip into a complete sleep cycle.
May 23, 2011 6:27 PM
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Wow, misinformation a-plenty. You can eat any time. There is no magic cutoff time.


you are misinformed........ you have to give your body time to to digest your hormones time to do their thing, because if u dont stop eating after 9pm your body won't slip into a deep sleep, so you wont be as rested which causes you to be hungrier in the morning


yeah, sorry katieallen7 I don't buy this so much.
  2131607
May 23, 2011 6:35 PM
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Wow, misinformation a-plenty. You can eat any time. There is no magic cutoff time.


you are misinformed........ you have to give your body time to to digest your hormones time to do their thing, because if u dont stop eating after 9pm your body won't slip into a deep sleep, so you wont be as rested which causes you to be hungrier in the morning


Where on earth did you hear that? I will remember that as I have my last meal tonight 11:30pm, before I fall into a deep sleep. And yes I will wake up hungry. If only there was a solution to that problem... oh wait... I can eat my breakfast!
May 23, 2011 6:39 PM
I asked a similar question and all that responded said EAT to lose! If you leave TOO much time between meals your metabolism slows. Overwhelmed by the response from people who eat at bedtime on a regular basis AND lose, I just shrug and say, oh well. If I need to I do. I never want to go to bed with a "full" stomach, but I don't mind waiting an hour and then going to bed. So far, it hasn't hurt me!

I think it is like asking if you should eat your exercise calories.
  4781178
May 23, 2011 7:11 PM
DW about it. A giant steak before bed might give you indigestion, but it's still the same amount of calories. As long as your net intake for the day is the same, and your net metabolism is the same (which it always is), you're fine. If not, try eating when you get home at 6, exercising, then showering. Then you'll be nice and relaxed before bed :)
  3317078
May 23, 2011 9:37 PM
You can eat any time of day your body still process it the same. Just watch what you put in your body before you go to bed. If you wait 2 hours before you go to bed after eating and only sit around for 2 hours and watch tv well that is just the same as lying in your bed and sleeping.
May 24, 2011 4:25 AM
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I asked a similar question and all that responded said EAT to lose! If you leave TOO much time between meals your metabolism slows. Overwhelmed by the response from people who eat at bedtime on a regular basis AND lose, I just shrug and say, oh well. If I need to I do. I never want to go to bed with a "full" stomach, but I don't mind waiting an hour and then going to bed. So far, it hasn't hurt me!

I think it is like asking if you should eat your exercise calories.


yeah, i see a mixture of opinions. most people seem to eat and go to sleep i suppose. i only asked because i used to eat more frequently before bedtime and wake up with terrible stomach pains, something to do with heartburn it turns out.

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thanks for the opinions all, even the borerline rude ones.

if someone isnt on your page or up to your speed or thinks otherwise, dont act like they're a complete idiot!

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