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October 14, 2011 8:21 AM
Hey I've heard plenty of people say that it is bad to eat at night, or that you should wait at least 3 hours (the number changes, but 3 seems to be the most popular) between eating and bed time. I know that everyone is different and you should do what works best for you, but has anyone put this into practice and seen results? I'm thinking about only allowing myself water after 7pm, even if I'm hungry. I don't see it doing harm but this site has already opened my eyes to a lot of wieght loss myths so perhaps someone can enlighten me here.
  11693107
October 14, 2011 8:23 AM
I have seen 4 threads on this in less than 2 hours

It is a complete myth. Your body does not shut off after 7 pm.
October 14, 2011 8:24 AM
I believe if your body is asking for food by way of hunger, you should eat something, even something small. I personally don't subscribe to the no eating after x time (although I try not to eat after 10pm) because I wake up ready to eat my own arm off, with a killer bad mood and often a head ache which isn't good for anyone
  10762257
October 14, 2011 8:24 AM
If I go to bed hungry, I won't sleep. If I don't sleep, I crave more. If I crave more, well, you get the idea? For me, if it is 30 minutes before bedtime and I am hungry, I will eat something. I won't eat a full meal because that makes me uncomfortable.
  5491015
October 14, 2011 8:24 AM
Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.
October 14, 2011 8:25 AM
From what I've read, they only way eating late is "bad" is if it means you are over eating for the day, but if it's part of your "allowed" calories it doesn't matter, unless it gives you an upset tummy. I don't see how it would hurt not to have an evening snack though. I'm almost always hungry before bed, so I almost always have a snack around 9.
good luck :)
  5139654
October 14, 2011 8:25 AM
i don't think it matters either, but it helps me to not eat after 7 because my weigh-ins are in the morning so i feel like I'm nice and empty by then, and it just helps me control my night time eating
  9756842
October 14, 2011 8:26 AM
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I have seen 4 threads on this in less than 2 hours

It is a complete myth. Your body does not shut off after 7 pm.


this.
i eat every night right before bed.
and I'm not walking around with a lot of fat on me.
October 14, 2011 8:27 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


nope. it won't.
October 14, 2011 8:27 AM
If I'm hungry, I'm going to eat. Nothing big of course, maybe some fruit or a few crackers but with a big glass of water.
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October 14, 2011 8:29 AM
i switched from eating around 8-9pm till before 7 (because i go to bed by 10) and i lost weight simply on that. gives your body more "up" time to digest food.
  10244725
October 14, 2011 8:29 AM
They usually say its never good to eat within 2 hours of going to bed. Just remember sometimes when your body says its hungry it really just wants something to drink. You have to decide if you are truly hungry or just thirsty. I hope that helped.
October 14, 2011 8:29 AM
I don't believe that what time of day you eat has any scientific bearing on weight loss. Biochemically, your body just does not care - calories are calories. That being said, there are some practical reasons why it still might be a good idea to stop eating earlier in the day.

1. When you stop eating earlier in the day, you tend to spend longer in the fasted state before your next meal (i.e. breakfast). This is good for fat burning. Of course, you could always do this the opposite way and eat late in the day and then skip breakfast the next morning, ala leangains. What is important is the amount of time you spend in the fasted state, not what time of day you eat.

2. People may tend to eat more junk food at night, so maybe this is a catch-all for destructive late-night eating behavior.

I eat late in the day, but I also skip breakfast in the morning to maximize my time in the fasted state, and I'm also strict about the quality of the food I eat, so even if I'm eating late at night, it's never junk food.
October 14, 2011 8:31 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


Umm...what?
October 14, 2011 8:33 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


Umm...what?


Yeah. What?
October 14, 2011 8:35 AM
It's a good idea if it works for YOU. If it doesn't, it's not.
October 14, 2011 8:35 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


Umm...what?


Yeah. What?



I see the what x2 and raise you a "Huh?"
Edited by brucedelaney On October 14, 2011 8:36 AM
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October 14, 2011 8:36 AM
Hah, I eat at 10pm, usually just toast as a supper. If I'm hungry I'll eat as long as I'm staying in my limits, I don't care when it is.
I don't believe that eating later than 7pm is going to make you keep weight on.
  8988969
October 14, 2011 8:36 AM
If you're eating 1500 calories a day, it doesn't matter if you eat all of them before 7:00 or 1200 of them before and 300 after. You still ate 1500 calories for the day. Myth. Now someone always comes along and says if they eat late it makes them uncomfortable when they sleep. That is a DIFFERENT issue than whether it affects weight loss.
  2728444
October 14, 2011 8:37 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


Umm...what?


Yeah. What?


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October 14, 2011 8:39 AM
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Depends what time you're getting up? If you're waking up late, your body will be in starvation mode and will store your breakfast because it won't know when it's next getting food. All I know is - it is better to eat regularly and get into a routine. I eat later than 7, but that is because of the hours I work, and gym routine. Try it and let us know how you get on.


Umm...what?


Yeah. What?



I see the what x2 and raise you a "Huh?"


Seriously, your body does not go into "starvation mode" after a few hours of not eating. Actually, there is a slight increase in metabolism for the first day or so of a fast.
October 14, 2011 8:44 AM
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October 14, 2011 8:45 AM
I dont agree with that at all. I have heard that before not to eat past 7pm but its not true. I work out later at evening usually around 6 or 7 and by time i get home after working out and get the kids ready for bed and take a shower. Im hungry. Most nights me and the hubby will enjoy a bowl of popcorn and spend time together. and im still losin weight by eating after 7pm..The WORSE thing people can do is go to bed hungry. Your body then hides your breakfast because it doesnt know when its going to eat next. becuase it went to bed hungry and all night hungry. You are actually doing more harm to ur body and weight loss program by going to bed hungry. Im not saying eat a full course meal after 7pm but a snack is good.
October 14, 2011 8:45 AM
I find it helpful to put a restriction on night eating, it keeps you from tv munching... "KITCHEN CLOSES AT 8" at my house. Its nice to wake up empty, fit in a solid workout and then be hungry for breakfast... metabolism fires up well that way!
October 14, 2011 8:46 AM
Just don't feed them after midnight. If you don't believe me, ask this guy:

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