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JUDYAMK SparkPoints: (30,793)
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5/6/13 12:15 A

I wish it were like a rubber band that I could stretch it to make the day last longer, & when it is a bad day to snap it back in place so there would not be a bad day any longer!!!

MKMMARTY Posts: 6,733
5/5/13 11:49 P

I would say most of my days are just right - but some days!!!!!!!!!!!

DWROBERGE Posts: 355,651
5/5/13 11:29 P


ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,733
5/5/13 10:58 P

I never heard of an actual "study" that said not to eat later than a certain time, only one who kept on yapping about that was Oprah, about not eating after 7 pm, but, she doesn't follow that, either, so big whoppee!! These old wives tales live on and on, and silly men trying to make money off of us, write books putting foolish notions in there. Don't listen to them, come up with your own plan, and it takes time to work out your own plan.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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5/5/13 10:32 P

Yup... I always eat dinner late, and it has not caused me any problems. In fact it's 830 here and I just finished eating a nearly 700 calorie dinner :)

I think when you hear "don't eat after 6" or whatever, that's more for folks who tend to snack a lot at night, like while watching TV after dinner. If you're a person that has a problem with snacking at night, then eating dinner later might actually help.

If it works for your lifestyle to have dinner late, then go for it. Like for me, I don't even get home from work til 6 or 7, so eating dinner earlier than 8 is usually impossible since I cook scratch dinners every night.

5/5/13 9:06 P

As was said earlier, there are two schools of thought about eating later. One says that if you fall asleep, your body won't burn those calories as efficiently. The other says calories are calories, and they will be burned or not burned regardless of whether you are sleeping or not.

I fall into the camp that says "calories are calories." As one of the posters said, she eats big meals around 8pm...and she's lost an amazing amount of weight.

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/5/13 9:04 P

I thought eating to close to bed time was bad for me.

5/5/13 9:01 P

I see nothing wrong with eating once a day...if you really are eating once a day...and not nibbling on crap the rest of the time...and you get all the needed nutrition in that one meal...which seems unlikely and very difficult to manage.

What is your reasoning behind not eating after 6pm?

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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5/5/13 5:35 P

I agree with Archimedes... do what works for you. Most days I only eat 2.5 meals (I say .5 because my breakfast is very small), 1-2 100-150 calorie snacks, and I consistently eat a large dinner after 8pm. And, well, as you can see from my ticker it worked out well for me :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,206)
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5/5/13 4:53 P


No one says you have to eat six meals a day to be healthy. There is some evidence that does suggest eating six smaller meals spaced out evenly through the day could help a person from getting food cravings. However, this does not mean you have to eat six meals a day. If you feel more comfortable with three main meals, stick with that.

I know there are also studies that suggest that a person shouldn't eat after a certain time of day. However, that's one study. Another study will tell you that when you eat your calories doesn't matter as long as you burn more calories than you take in i.e. calories in versus calories out. Think of the people who work the night shift. Should they stop eating at 6pm ? Of course not.

What to do ? Do what's best for your body. You need to find the right schedule that works for you. So, if six meals isn't working, you need to find something that does and that may mean experimenting until you find the right combination. One size does not fit all.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (406,208)
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5/5/13 4:51 P

That is so true

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (565,740)
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5/5/13 4:40 P

I know what you mean.

STARS4ME Posts: 227
5/5/13 2:46 P

having trouble finding the time to eat 6 times a day , before SP I ate once a day. I think week days will be easier because I wake up earlier. Trying not to eat after 6:00 pm.. Weekends are going to be a problem..... emoticon

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