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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (75,352)
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1/27/13 7:36 A

I have to eat at night. I have my dinner at 8-8:30pm. If I didn't, I'd get hungry and be prone to binge eating. Evenings were always where I used to crave and rack up my calories on sweets. I wouldn't think of them all day and then I'd get in front of the TV in the evening and that itch would start nagging at me. A nice clean protein and complex carb combo keeps me satisfied for the evening and protects me against late night munchies. It hasn't done anything to inhibit my weight loss.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/27/2013 (07:38)
RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/13 7:29 A

I eat 3 meals a day, but my dinner is at 11 p.m. That way I only have 10 hours till breakfast. I eat about 700 calories per meal, and go to bed around 1 a.m., so I have 2 hours for food to settle.

As long as you are in range over a 24 hour period, you will be fine. We have just moved our meals around our work schedules over the years.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (105,257)
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1/27/13 4:40 A

Not if it is within your calories.

I set out my food for the day and snacks is part of that. Helps you stay on track


REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,346)
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1/27/13 4:24 A

For me, it's a requirement. I take some pills an hour or so before bed time so I have enough in me to avoid getting sick quickly, but if I don't eat food with the pills, I'll get sick in a few hours... so I have to eat before bed.

The body will metabolize it the same way. The only problem with eating at night is that for SOME people, eating interferes with sleep... I never noticed a difference in my sleeping personally. If you are hungry, regardless of the time, eat. Simple as that.

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 3,376
1/27/13 12:21 A

not so bad. in fact, for me, if i didn't eat at night, i'd only be allowed one meal. my life has mostly been grave/night shift. or afternoons leading into night. i really don't do mornings.
as for eating before you go to sleep, that's different. a small snack if you are hungry at bedtime is fine, but a big meal can interfere with sound sleep.

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (78,159)
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1/26/13 11:37 P

It hasn't been bad for me. I always have the urge to eat something late in the hour or so before bed, so I plan that. For me it was worse to try NOT to eat, and then end up having to fight the urge. So I plan something light and just have it. No reason to make this harder on myself than it is. :D

GRAPHICS2 Posts: 3,200
1/26/13 9:55 P

Eating at nights is not bad if you are staying within your calorie limits.

KIMBERLY_Y SparkPoints: (37,753)
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1/26/13 9:47 P

I agree with Dragonchilde. It is not bad. I, too, try not to snack in front of the computer or TV at night because then I tend to go over my calorie range. My trick is to get comfortable and brush my teeth before sitting down to relax. Then, I drink two large glasses of water throughout the evening to keep me full. emoticon emoticon

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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1/26/13 4:38 P

as everyone else said, it is not bad... personally, I need a little carbs before bed or I am awake all night

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,014)
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1/26/13 4:31 P

The only problem with late night eating is when it sabotages you by triggering cravings or mindless eating that puts you over your calorie range. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a late night snack, so ignore all those "don't eat after X time" warnings. They're all different, and not based on credible evidence.

I don't eat after dinner, but ONLY because if I do, I tend to oversnack and go over my calorie range. If I have room in my range, I can eat a snack guilt free. :)

MANKAZAS SparkPoints: (14,026)
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1/26/13 4:05 P

No. Its the same as eating at any time. Only keep within your calorie count.

ANARIE Posts: 12,432
1/26/13 3:54 P

If what you're eating is healthy, not only is it NOT bad, it might actually be good.

I don't have any evidence about this; I'm going completely on anecdote and observation, so take it with a grain of salt. But the fact is, everyone I know who has lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off, eats late at night. Some eat their dinner very late, others eat a bedtime snack, but they all eat something. (One woman, who lost over 100 pounds and had kept it ALL off for over 5 years last I knew, actually ate a snack IN bed every night!)

That doesn't mean everybody should do this. It might just be that I know a lot of weird people. But it does mean that eating an apple at 9 o'clock is NOT going to doom everyone to being fat.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,700
1/26/13 1:57 P

No It is not bad. Even eating pizza or an apple at night is not bad. Your body doesn't know the difference

ALORTA SparkPoints: (7,310)
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1/26/13 1:13 P

Personally, I don't eat within a few hours of bed (I try not to eat anything after 6pm... latest would be 8 or 9 if we're going out and I don't plan to sleep before 12). One, it makes it hard for me to go to sleep, and two, I wake up feeling better. I also feel like I sleep through the time I'd normally be hungry, but that's just me ^_~
When I first started, I woke up hungry, but after I got used to it I actually feel good in the morning as well... and it encourages me to eat a breakfast ^_^

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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1/26/13 1:10 P

Your body doesn't know what time it is when it comes to how it processes food. As long as you're in your calorie ranges, it doesn't matter when it is you're eating. I eat dinner, a large one of 600-800 calories, after 8pm, and it hasn't affected me at all.

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1/26/13 12:37 P

Is eating late at night as bad as I think it is? Sometimes I really want a piece of fruit or some fat-free yogurt an hour or so before I go to bed. I stay within my daily calorie range, though. Is this bad? When people say late-night eating is bad, are they talking about midnight pizzas or 9pm apples? Thanks!

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