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2/17/13 9:31 A

I eat dinner every night 8pm. Usually a nice clean combo of lean protein and complex carbs with lots of veg. That way I don't get the late night munchies and want to get into the sweets. Your body metabolizes the same way at night as it does during the day. It hasn't inhibited my weight loss.

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2/17/13 9:20 A

Here's a link to a SP article which may help:

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2/17/13 12:33 A

Three different schedules here, so far my sparks fit right in with counting caloric intake.

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2/17/13 12:32 A

I think that rule of thumb came around because a lot of "late evening/night eating" tends to be mindless-snacks-in-front-of-tv eating. A lot of people struggle with mindless munching of boredom or habit (see me putting my hand up here! guilty!). One way of battling this is to say "ok I won't eat after 7 (or 8, or 9, or whatever)."

But as far as legitimate meals go? Yeah, the time you eat does not matter much, so long as your total food intake for the day sticks within your calorie ranges. If you ate a lot during the day, you can have a light snack instead of a full dinner (that's what I did tonight)... if you're hungry for a full dinner and it's within your range, that's fine too.

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2/16/13 9:58 P

I always thought your metabolism slowed down after 4PM. And anything you eat after that goes 'right to your hips'. LOL

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2/16/13 9:48 P

There is no time of day after which you should not eat.

If late night eating gives you heartburn or interferes with your ability to fall asleep then try to avoid eating so close to bedtime.

But there is no dietary reason.

So of course you should eat dinner. Why wouldn't you?

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2/16/13 9:35 P

Thanks. My SparkCoach said the same thing. emoticon

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2/16/13 8:19 P

If your hungry, eat. I dont go by time of day on whether or not to eat if im hungry, unless I get up in the middle of the night and then I usually drink a glass of cold water and it settles my stomach until morning.

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2/16/13 7:50 P

It's 7:30pm and I've only had breakfast and lunch. (1051 cals.w/ snack). Do I eat dinner? My recommended daily calorie goal is 1200 to 1550. Is there a time of day, after which, you shouldn't eat?

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