you'll have to see what works for you. some people can't sleep on a full stomach. i can't sleep on an empty stomach. i had to get up the other night to get a snack because i couldn't fall asleep. my evening snack is often a mini meal. i just try to stay within my calorie range.
before sparks, i would grab a bag of chips and munch on them while watching tv. that would add up to a lot of extra calories. those chips may still be part of my snack, but they are counted out and tracked. i think the important thing is to track what you eat. if evening snacking puts you over, then you can make adjustments to those snacks or other meals.
There really is no set time to stop eating before bed. Personally I don't eat after 6:00 because I sleep better on a fairly empty stomach. On the occasion I do eat closer to going to bed it is usually something light like a banana or a little cereal.
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I usually don't eat anything after 9 and if I eat a snack after 8 (but still before 9) i keep it light. In accordance to what dragonchilde stated, you don't HAVE TO stop eating at a certain time so if you eat late just stay within your calorie range. My first suggestion is just what i personally do.
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You don't have to stop eating at any particular time. There is no time after which your body metabolises your food to fat, which is why you can't find any reliable information on when to stop.
It's entirely about your personal comfort. What I eat determines when I can eat. I almost always have a small snack right before bed, but if I eat pasta or pizza, I can't have a snack other than tums. ;) The acid reflux kills me if I do.
Most of the nutritionists I have read say a calorie is a calorie is a calorie and the digestive tract doesn't discriminate in how they are metabolized or stored....
That said, I generally try not to eat too late since it interferes with sound sleep for me. I do usually have a cup of green tea or decaf coffee before bed or a VERY small snack sometimes... but listen to your own body.
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I agree w/ the others that it depends on the individual. I pretty much always eat dinner (usually my biggest meal of the day) after 8pm, sometimes even after 9. Sometimes I might have a small dessert after that, and I go to bed around 10 or 11. I personally sleep much better on a full stomach, and it hasn't hurt my weight loss at all.
But, other people, as already mentioned, have a harder time eating right before bed. I know my mom can't because of her acid reflux.
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I have a snack pretty much every single night.
If you stay within your calorie range, it really shouldn't make much of a difference.
I think that the advice to not eat after a certain time is to help people who tend to mindlessly graze while they watch TV or something cut out a bunch of empty calories. But if you're already watching calories, and you can afford to have a snack, then I say go for it. I plan my snacks in. Usually I have a fairly large snack in the evenings, actually.
Personally, I don't sleep well if I'm hungry and I usually get hungry if I don't have a snack around 9:00.
Typically when I go out to eat, I don't get enough food so I will have a snack or two when I come home. But on the regular, I try very hard to not eat at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. If I eat right before going to bed, I feel like all my food is just sitting in my stomach, and that's not a good feeling.
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Everyone is different. I have to eat right before going to bed or I wake up at 2:30 am...never fails. That said, I usually eat something light with a decent mix of carbs and protein...like a half of a banana with peanut butter or apple slices with peanut butter. Then I can sleep straight through til morning just fine. :-) Find what works for you and then stick with it.
Recently I tried to stop eating at 8pm. It did not work well for me but I think everyone is different. I do know that if I eat heavily just before bed I feel terrible.
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I think it depends on each individual's body and situation. Personally, I currently have my largest meal before bed.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 3/21/2013 (22:28)
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How soon before bed should you stop eating? I've heard two hours is the standard and I've heard you shouldn't eat anything after 9:00 p.m. A Google search for this turned up surprisingly unreliable results.
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