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April 21, 2012 7:16 AM
Its true. As the solar tidal forces diminish, the rate of digestion increases because the food begins to more quickly pass through the intestines. The only way to slow this process is by sleeping upside down (have you ever seen a fat bat?) or by not eating after six.

In fact, its best to stop eating by noon.
April 21, 2012 7:22 AM
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It's a myth.


Nah, I don't agree. Yes, in a sense, you could say it's a myth, but what you are doing is allowing the food to digest properly. You tend to be more sedentary (most people) in the evening and your system shuts down at night when you sleep - so how would you digest those late night snacks?? The sooner you stop eating the easier it is for the body to digest. Remember (some of you) being told to wait half an hour before swimming? Similar principle.

Nothing about this is true.
Your body doesn't change the way it digests food based on the time of day.
Even the 'wait an hour before swimming' has been proven false.
http://www.snopes.com/oldwives/hourwait.asp
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April 21, 2012 7:26 AM
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Nah, I don't agree. Yes, in a sense, you could say it's a myth, but what you are doing is allowing the food to digest properly. You tend to be more sedentary (most people) in the evening and your system shuts down at night when you sleep - so how would you digest those late night snacks?? The sooner you stop eating the easier it is for the body to digest. Remember (some of you) being told to wait half an hour before swimming? Similar principle.
Your system NEVER shuts down. If that were true you would stop breathing......... and the reason people were told not to swim after eating was so they wouldn't get cramps. Old myths don't die.

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April 21, 2012 7:29 AM
This may be a myth (which I don't disput), however, I do try not to eat within 2-3 hours before bed. Why? Because it works better for me. When I don't eat 2-3 hours before bed I wake feeling lighter and fresher and ready to go. When I eat closer to bedtime, even if it's just a tiny bit, I feel bloated, tired, groggy and slow in the morning and have a hard time getting motivated for anything much less my workout. There are other reasons also, but I don't have any sources handy to help me explain what I'm talking about. I've read a lot of information on both sides of this debate, and I have no idea which is most accurate scientifically. I have no interest in debating the subject - I'm just throwing out there a different perspective because it works for me. I feel much better and seem to lose and maintain weight better when I eat the bulk of my calories earlier in the day and avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed.

If you are curious, I'd suggest trying it both ways for a while to see which works better for you. If it works and you like it, then do it. If not, then don't. Good luck!
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April 21, 2012 7:29 AM
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I read somewhere that your motabalism drops by 40% after 12 hours of not eating. So, if you don't eat from 6:00 pm until 6:00 am , your body has been fasting for 12 hours.


I don't know where you read that, but it couldn't be more wrong. It takes at least 36 and in some studies as much as 72 hours for metabolism to slow because of not eating. In fact, in the first 24 or so hours, metabolism actually increases to make a person more capable of seeking out and finding food. After 72 hours without food that would be counter-productive for survival so then the body starts to slow down metabolism.
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April 21, 2012 7:30 AM
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It works for me--but I have a hard time not eating at night--my worst time! When I can control my night time eating it really shows on the scale.


I agree that it can work as a device for those who tend to overeat in the evening. I hate running out of calories to eat before 9 pm. I feel deprived if I don't have the option to have some strawberries or something. If I know I can't have another bite I'll most likely rebel and do it anyway.
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April 21, 2012 7:33 AM
I don't eat based on time. I never go to bed at the same time every night. I just stick to the rule, "no food 2 hours before sleeping". I couldn't do this anyways, I get off work at 6, so I usually eat supper about 7-8.
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April 21, 2012 7:33 AM
One of the biggest problems I read about is night time snacking. I think not eating after 6pm will eventually turn into an outright pig Fest at 9pm one day. Bad idea, IMO. And, I don't think it does anything at all for weight loss. You need energy when you wake up in the morning. That's quite a fast everyday.
April 21, 2012 7:36 AM
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Its true. As the solar tidal forces diminish, the rate of digestion increases because the food begins to more quickly pass through the intestines. The only way to slow this process is by sleeping upside down (have you ever seen a fat bat?) or by not eating after six.

In fact, its best to stop eating by noon.


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Like this.laugh
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April 21, 2012 7:36 AM
I think it depends on what time zone you live in. Pretty sure it's true cause the food that you eat prior to 6pm get's locked down at 6pm so that it doesn't produce any fat and get's burnt up in your bodies little furnace room. However anything after 6 pm simply roams around your body adding fat as it travels through your entire system. But then it comes to a abrupt stop at 8 am because your little furnace room opens at that time so you can start burning food again. Hopefully this will clarify the issue.
All this information was obtained from my 6 year old grand daughter. smile
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April 21, 2012 7:43 AM
I hope it's a myth because I don,t get home from work until 6:30 by the time i eat it's usually 7-7:30
April 21, 2012 7:44 AM
If it is within your calories and macros, it does not matter. 4 nights a week I teach my class at 9:00pm, so I have my protein shake at 10:30 pm. I go ahead and log it in earlier so it is in my diary and I don't go over my calories and macros.
April 21, 2012 8:34 AM
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It's a myth.


Nah, I don't agree. Yes, in a sense, you could say it's a myth, but what you are doing is allowing the food to digest properly. You tend to be more sedentary (most people) in the evening and your system shuts down at night when you sleep - so how would you digest those late night snacks?? The sooner you stop eating the easier it is for the body to digest. Remember (some of you) being told to wait half an hour before swimming? Similar principle.


I eat pretty late every day and judging by my morning b-room trips I digest stuff just fine :D
  3872484
April 21, 2012 8:36 AM
I would lose more weight, because I wouldn't get to eat dinner. Wouldn't recommend it.
April 21, 2012 8:38 AM
Some interesting thoughts, so if times doesnt matter, why do people say breakfast is important meal of day?
April 21, 2012 8:40 AM
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Its true. As the solar tidal forces diminish, the rate of digestion increases because the food begins to more quickly pass through the intestines. The only way to slow this process is by sleeping upside down (have you ever seen a fat bat?) or by not eating after six.

In fact, its best to stop eating by noon.


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April 21, 2012 8:40 AM
Nope it just depends on how much calories you ate during the day! If you still under you calorie goal the time you eat doesn't really matter :) You can even save calories during the day for your late night cravings!
April 21, 2012 8:41 AM
no,you will not lose more 'weigh'
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April 21, 2012 8:43 AM
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Some interesting thoughts, so if times doesnt matter, why do people say breakfast is important meal of day?

Because everyone's always said that. Doesn't make it true.
April 21, 2012 8:46 AM
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Some interesting thoughts, so if times doesnt matter, why do people say breakfast is important meal of day?


Because dietary myths unfortunately get spread and people hang onto them rather than doing research.

There are no critically important meals of the day. All that matters is that you meet your nutritional requirements over the course of a reasonable time frame (daily would be a good start). Beyond personal preference it's not really that important how you spread out those nutrients over a day (2 meals vs 5 etc). Your body is smarter than you think.
April 21, 2012 8:46 AM
My doctor actually recommended that I eat something before bed. It helps me sleep better, and keeps me from being super hungry when I wake up :)
April 21, 2012 8:51 AM
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If you stop eating after 6pm, will you lose more weigh is this a myth or not, what are your thoughts?


IMHO,.no. I do believe that if you load heavy toward the beginning of the day... Large breakfast, moderate lunch, small dinner (King, Prince Pauper). This timing makes the most sense simply because food is fuel for the day's activities, therefore you have more energy to do more things as you are doing them. However, at the end of the day, it really does not matter how much you eat with regard to weight loss.. Your body uses X calories and you supply Y calories. If your body needs more energy that you feed it, it will get it from fat stores... As far as weight loss is concerned, the timing means nothing (again my opinion)... However, from a perspective of having readily available energy available for exercise and such, timing means a bit more (again my opionion and experience)....

That being said, if you eat a large meal before bedtime, don't be surprised if your scale reflects it the next morning.. But this is only temporary and not a real gain.
  16346599
April 21, 2012 8:52 AM
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My doctor actually recommended that I eat something before bed. It helps me sleep better, and keeps me from being super hungry when I wake up :)


This makes sense.... Nothing wrong with that!
  16346599
April 21, 2012 8:54 AM
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IMHO,.no. I do believe that if you load heavy toward the beginning of the day... Large breakfast, moderate lunch, small dinner (King, Prince Pauper). This timing makes the most sense simply because food is fuel for the day's activities, therefore you have more energy to do more things as you are doing them.

That's great if it works for you. But really this only makes sense because you're thinking of a day as an isolated event. You need to remember that if you always eat late, then you'll have that fuel to draw on in the morning. Time doesn't just reset during the night.
Edited by ElizabethRoad On April 21, 2012 8:55 AM
April 21, 2012 9:33 AM
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This is an ongoing myth. The issue with eating after 6pm-7pm is that the ones doing it have already met their calorie goal for the day and habitually like to eat at night. I'm a habitually late night eater so I skip breakfast so I can eat at night.
The body doesn't know what time of day it is when you eat, so timing doesn't matter. As long as your calorie are in check, you can pretty much eat anytime you want.

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Of course your body knows what time it is. ok not the actual time like 6pm. but haven't you heard about 'body clock'. your brain recieves signals about environmental changes, and your nervous system and endocrine system will react accordingly. these are called circadian rhythms. i'm not sure how digestion and metabolism are influenced by these, but it's unreasonable to suggest your body is totally naive and insensitive to time of day and changes in environment (both within and outside of your body).

I know I should probably back this up with research but since studying it and being tested on it a few months ago, i'm afraid i simply can't bring myself to rifle through all that s**t again. but it's out there, the 'bodyclock' does exist. google circadian rhythms and suprachiasmatic nuclei if your interested, perhaps see if it throws anything up to do with metabolism.

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