I have just about the same schedule as you - up at 5-5:30 am, in bed by 9-9:30, usually.
I don't eat breakfast until about 7am, however - mostly that's because i take thyroid medications in the morning and eating too close to taking the meds interferes with their being absorbed effectively.
In any case, I do have a substantial-ish breakfast (350-400 calories) - usually it's overnight oats with lots of fresh fruits mixed in. I'll have a snack usually around 10 (as that's when I start feeling hungry) - snack is usually a piece of fruit or some nuts. Lunch is usually around 1 after I've had a quick 15-minute walk. I'm usually quite reasonably hungry by that time. Lunch is also around 350-400 calories (and lunch varies all the time - sometimes it's a hearty salad, sometimes it's leftover casserole, sometimes it's hearty soup, etc.). I'll have another snack around maybe 2-ish - usually some kind of a "power snack" like a homemade granola bar.
I don't eat dinner on weeknights until around 4:30 or 5 - this is after I've made it home from work and had my workout (usually 45-60 minutes.) Dinner, too, is around 350-400 calories, and like lunch, what I eat varies a lot.
I'll then eat a snack if I'm feeling "snacky", but I don't really look at the clock and say "oh, it's too late to be eating anything more." However, typically my snack follows dinner pretty fast as it's more a dessert kind of thing like banana soft serve (just frozen bananas processed until they're smooth like ice-cream), or a big bowl of mixed fresh fruits with some nuts sprinkled on, etc. Or another granola bar, etc.
Ultimately, I think the best time for someone to eat is when they're hungry, and not by a scheduled time. I don't believe the hype too much about not eating after a certain hour - however, I do agree that eating too much or eating anything that would be a stimulant can disrupt my sleep, so if I have something to eat close to bed time, I make sure it's something pretty neutral and it's a small portion, like a tablespoon of peanut butter or a few crackers, etc.
Usually, I eat dinner around 6:30pm, after I get home from work, or I eat at 7:30pm, if I worked out after work. I try not to eat later than that, because I've found I have nightmares if I eat too close to bedtime.
"I've seen the future. Do you know what it is? It's a 47-year-old virgin sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing 'I'm an Oscar Meyer Wiener.'" - Edgar Friendly, 'Demolition Man'
I agree with James - eat when you are hungry (not bored, not anxious or needy and not "on a strict schedule" How I determine "hunger" I drink two glasses of water and then wait 20 minutes or so - if I still feel hungry it is time to eat.
My schedule is a little different. Since I had surgery last winter I have had to finish eating by 3 p.m. because I too go to bed around 9. (up at 4 or 4:30). If I am hungry then before bed I have a piece of cheese - usually just about a 1/2 ounce but that does it for me ...
My main meal of the day tends to be lunch. I eat a nourishing and filling breakfast, have a piece of fruit for mid morning snack and then lunch. Today it's a squash stew I made. When I get home, I eat a light meal (around 6-7pm) instead of something heavy.
Are you eating enough at breakfast and lunch ? Some times a person will drastically cut their calories in the morning. That's sets them up to overeat at dinner. Maybe if you tried eating a bit more during the day, you'd feel less hungry in the evening.
Also, what are you eating ? Are you eating foods that are high in fiber ? If you find yourself still hungry after dinner, maybe it's because you're not eating enough of the right foods. Do you make sure you get at least 2-3 servings of fresh fruit/veggies at each meal ? Increasing your intake of fresh fruit and veggies can help reduce the urge to snack in the evening.
I like to eat dinner early too, then the issue is still eating "real food" while snacking. I've usually reached my macronutrient minimums so it is tempting to indulge in empty calories but I try a snack that includes protein and fibre (both very filling) like fruit and yogurt, veggies and hummus, peanut butter and an apple, etc. Always stay within your calorie budget, too! Good luck
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I get up early for work 5:00 usually eat my breakfast shortly after that. Eat a few snacks during the day and am usually wanting my dinner meal around 4:00 which means by 7:00 I am hungry again for snacks. I go to bed at 9:00. Should I be having a snack at 4:00 instead and then maybe eating dinner at 6:00? I seem to be at a stand still in losing weight so am wondering if the times of day I am eating are interfering with my weight loss. I am going to try this today and see how I feel.