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MOM2BRITTANY's Photo MOM2BRITTANY Posts: 4,601
10/3/08 11:33 A

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I try not to eat after 9p on the nights I don't workout. My dh and I don't usually eat dinner until then because our evenings are filled with feeding kids, sports practices, homework, bedtime routines with the kids and by 8:30 they are all finally in bed. We eat and then it's get some laundry done, clean the kitchen, pack lunches and get the school clothes set out and backpacks put together. Anyway, I try to be in bed by midnight so this works for me. I read somewhere that you should stop eating 3 hours before bed (for the most part).

Like everything else, I think you need to tailor any plan to your lifestyle. If you go to bed at 10p or earlier, then dinner should probably be your last meal unless you are starving and need a small protein-rich snack. I know, easier said than done emoticon

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10/2/08 7:11 P

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I really struggle with teh mindless eating at night, I make myself go upstairs either look at my magazines or just go to bed! I know I'm not really hungry its just habit.
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MISSJCISRUNNING's Photo MISSJCISRUNNING Posts: 13,631
10/2/08 5:02 P

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Listen to your body...if you're hungry eat!!!

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10/2/08 3:47 P

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I personally feel that as long as you're within your range, and you're eating because you're truly, physically hungry, then it doesn't matter when you eat.

Most of the time I'm done when I finish dinner. Occasionally, though, I'll be hungry later on, and sometimes I'll have a small snack before bed if that's the case -- because otherwise I don't sleep well.

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10/2/08 3:06 P

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I really have to start not eating after 7:30 (my break at work)! I find that I am not actually hungry after supper. If I just have a herbal tea, I'm satisfied. If I start munching, I CAN NOT STOP! I really have to set limits for myself. If I give myself an inch, I WILL take a mile!






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KAREN7360's Photo KAREN7360 Posts: 3,795
10/2/08 3:01 P

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See, this is a perfect example of why the concept of not eating after 6pm. Good for you to be stopping yourself from that mindless eating. Find something else to do or try to completely change your evening routine so that you don't sit there thinking about eating because you are bored.

If you break down and do it, give yourself a horrible discipline - like doing 100 military push ups, if that doesn't stop you nothing will.

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10/2/08 10:56 A

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This is my BIGGEST problem! At night I just get bored and I'm home (right next to the kitchen) so I find myself just eating constantly from 8-10pm. It's nuts! My body is saying STOP, I'm not hungry whatsoever, but I just cannot stop. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Today is day one on trying to be really strict and saying "NO, STOP IT!" to food after 7.

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10/1/08 7:35 P

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Thanks. And what Tosca is probably eluding to is the mindless eating that takes place on the living room couch during evening TV time. Otherwise your body doesn't know what time it is in terms of a "shut-off" time from food.

That concept also came based on the above as well as from the standpoint that many people are sedentary all day and continue with that through the evening until bed - but sit and just eat.

The whole idea of 6pm or late afternoon in my world anyway is this: later in the day your body does start to slow down as it prepares for your hours of sleep so do you really need all those carbs and junk foods? No, that is where fat gain comes from, especially with carbs. Carbs are our primary energy source and if you aren't going to be burning them off, do you really need them - no. So she is right in most cases with the don't eat after 6pm, especially if you aren't going to be doing anything. Where you have to be careful with that thinking is when it doesn't mix with your eating plan. As I said earlier, I eat 6 meals per day and my last meal is at 8:30pm but it is a very small meal with just some lean protein and a fat and that is all built into my eating schedule. I am therefore in line with my calories and macros for the day.

I do hope that this helps alittle bit in understanding where that philosophy came from.

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10/1/08 7:23 P

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Well said Karen. I fully agree.


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10/1/08 5:05 P

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There really is no cut off to time when it comes to your food intake. If you are eating say 6 meals per day you would have that spread over your daytime hours. As long as you are eating within your calorie and macronutrient range it doesn't matter what time your last meal is.

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10/1/08 5:00 P

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Too funny... there is a similar post discussing eating late happening right now!

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Personally, I try to listen to my body and eat accordingly. However, I noticed my hunger decreased at night as I bumped up my caloric intake in my earlier meals.

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10/1/08 4:54 P

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Im trying my HARDEST to stop eating after 7 or 7:30 at night............Is this good ??? Or does it really matter as long as you stay in your "daily range"??????

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