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I love to eat a grapefruit before bed but I've heard it's not good to eat fruit before bed.  I can only find what things to eat if your a body builder and not if your trying to lose weight like cottage cheese and calorie packed peanut butter!

  Does anyone know what is the best choice to eat before bed? I eat about 1.5-2 hrs before bed.
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I don't know about what would be nutritionally the best choice before bed, but I can tell you that for me, the best psychological choice is an ice cream bar (150 calories or less).  It makes my ability to make healthy food choices during the day when I know that ice cream is gonna be there waiting for me ;)

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Try to make it something thet is very low on carbs and sugar.  They will become nothing but stored fat if you eat it right before bed, because your body won't process it the same once you go to sleep. 

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^ that's why i prefer to not eat anything before bed at all. i usually have my last meal 7-8 hours before bed, but i make sure it's at LEAST 3 and a half hours (i just go to bed really, really late during the summer).

personally i'd recommend not eating before bed just for that reason, but if it's not hindering your progress... probably something on the light side because i can't imagine that sleeping on a full stomach is comfortable.

What's wrong with grapefruit? I think it sounds like a great choice, especially if that's what you are enjoying. I eat fruit and yogurt before bed and it's not getting in my way. It's better than eating a big bowl of ice cream or chips.

Stick with the grapefruit.

i usually eat a 100 cal thinsations pack before bed, and its working for me

Where are all the people with the studies to cite that say eating before bed does not matter? I know you're out there... Laughing 

Hey!

I think grape fruit isnt recommended to be eaten just before bed because of its high sugar content. Sugar is a form of carbohydrates and the carbs that arent burned before going to bed turn into fat stores.

Thats not to say that you don't burn calories in your sleep because you do! But the rate at which you burn calories while sleeping is much lower, so its not a good idea to have carby food just before going to bed:)

Hope that helps!

Original Post by alle0299:

Where are all the people with the studies to cite that say eating before bed does not matter? I know you're out there... Laughing

I'm not really up for posting a dozen links haha, but a simple google search will give you many more hits. So here's one: here
The time that you eat has no impact on your weight. That's a myth.

Anyway, to the OP, milk is good to drink before bed. Also, there was a study a while back that linked eating cheese before bed to good dreams... who knows haha. Basically, I say eat whatever you want.

Actually, I heard milk isn't good for falling asleep.  Nutritionally it may be a good snack, but it might keep you awake (I know it makes it hard for me to sleep).  The sugars and proteins in it will make you more alert, at least that's what I've read.  And, if it has fat in it, it will slow down the digestion and that may make it more difficult to sleep well.

PLAIN popcorn is a very good night snack though -- the carbs cause your body to release serotonin which makes you relax.  But again, avoid fat there because it will slow digestion and cause serotonin release to be slower.

It doesn't matter what you eat at night as far as weight loss, it's more about how many calories over the whole day.  But you wanna watch what you eat if you have difficulty sleeping.

But I'm no expert =P That's just info I've gathered!

I've heard that carbs can make you sleepy... I usually have a bowl of air-popped popcorn 1-2 hrs before bed. i have no clue if this is actually true, but i *heart* popcorn (lots o' fiber, and crunchy!) and eating before bed prevents any tummy grumblings through the night (plus I never wake up feeling famished).

Original Post by deflepfan16:

Actually, I heard milk isn't good for falling asleep. Nutritionally it may be a good snack, but it might keep you awake (I know it makes it hard for me to sleep). The sugars and proteins in it will make you more alert, at least that's what I've read. And, if it has fat in it, it will slow down the digestion and that may make it more difficult to sleep well.

hmm, I've never heard any of that. I just know that milk contains L-tryptophan, which usually induces sleep.

& eh, I've always been someone who will drink coffee & eat a huge meal before going to bed & be perfectly fine, so I guess just experiment until you find something that works for you =]

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I've heard that carbs can make you sleepy... I usually have a bowl of air-popped popcorn 1-2 hrs before bed. i have no clue if this is actually true, but i *heart* popcorn (lots o' fiber, and crunchy!) and eating before bed prevents any tummy grumblings through the night (plus I never wake up feeling famished).

I've heard this too - actually, just yesterday a co-worker told me that.  I love popcorn at night (especially Kettle Corn!)

Well i'm eating fiber one and soymilk right now....and I never have problems getting to sleep.

I am also a fan of it doesn't matter what time you snack as long as you meet your intake and don't overeat.

Sometimes I HAVE to eat at night because if I don't I find myself short.

i third the popcorn suggestion. i almost ALWAYS have some before i sleep. i also like oatmeal, smoothies, and (soy) ice cream sandwiches. i used to be afraid of food turning to fat in my stomach if i ate right before bed but i've been doing it for a long time now and it hasn't affected me at all.

Before healthy eating I would consume pb&j or cookies before bed.  I've been eating healthy/dieting for 5 months now.  Did not think anything could fulfill my stomach before bed, but I found that either a 10 cal jell-o or dannon lite n fit, 60 cals actual works and has not affected my weight loss at all, even if I eat it right before bed!

i find cheeses is the WORST thing at night for me it makes me sleeptalk ALL night lol, i can have full on conversations with myself apparently!! :)

jelly is my favourite late night snack, its realy low cal, low sugar, and its pretty much just water... :)

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