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How long should you wait between eating and going to bed?


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This is sort of a piggy back to the Late Night Munchies post, because I get those too. I use most of my calories on dinner and wait at least three hours before going to bed, but my stomach is always rumbling again by the time I get to sleep. Most nights I just ignore it because when I get up in the morning I'm not hungry and usually won't be for a little while until I eat breakfast, but I definitely wouldn't mind having some sort of healthy snack between dinner and bed if it won't hinder my weight loss. I am fairly close to goal weight so I'm really trying to buckle down and get there. Does it actually hurt to eat something an hour or so before bed? Are there certain foods I should stay away from late at night? Any and all advice is very much appreciated!
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I heard, if you wake up at like 6am, dont eat past 6pm, if you get up at 7am dont eat past 7pm...but I think if you get up at 5am...not eating past 5pm is a little extreme..and your def gunna be really hungry by the time you go to bed.
I've heard that the "no eating after a certain time rule" is mostly because people eat a lot, and a lot of bad before bed.  It's not that eating at that time is any worse for you, it's just when people seem to pig out.  I'm not positive on this fact, but I eat before bed if I'm hungry and I don't really think it makes a difference.  Just make sure it's counted for in your calories for the day.
I think I'm going to try this and see if it works...I definitely have urges to pig out at night but I try my best to avoid them and have a piece of toast or fruit, and that usually tides me over until the morning. Thanks everyone!
I've heard not to eat three hours before bed...whatever time you go to bed depends on you...but like pp said it may depend on what you eat for a snack and how much of it you eat. A glass of milk before bed with some water is always good to curve your appetite and make up for any small calorie needs.
I have heard from my trainer at the gym that it doesn't matter if you eat after a certain time, it's just what you eat.  Eating carbs, fat, etc isn't that good if you want to get a good night's rest.  By time you wake up in the morning your body has used most of the carbs and calories that you have eaten.  I verified this by weighting before I went to bed and once again before I ate breakfast in the morning and it's true.  I always weight about one pound less than I did when I went to sleep because I don't have any carbs in my system.  Just don't eat anything that will keep you up, such as energy producing foods and you should be ok.
I usually eat my last snack an 1 and a 1/2 before I go to bed.
I have the worst time with night-time munchies, it is the worst part of the day for me! I would eat and eat and eat and ruin my whole day of healthy eating. I found this stuff, Crest Night Whitening Gel, you paint it on your teeth and sleep with it on your teeth. It's thick and yucky, but if I put it on soon after dinner, it keeps me from eating anything, and then I just brush it off in the morning. It was the only solution that has worked for me-just a thought!
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I recently heard on TV that we only need to wait an hour and a half after eating.  It gives us time to digest the food before we lay down to sleep (which is our slowest metabolism time)
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According to my nutritionist, it doesn't really matter exactly how late you eat or how close to your going to bed.  It's not like those calories will be treated any differently by your body than those consumed at other times throughout the day. 

I recently saw a special on Good Morning America that featured weight loss myths-True or False.  Here was what they said about eating before bed:

Fact or fiction: Eating before bedtime makes you gain weight.

FACT Our bodies recharge when we sleep. If you're giving your body extras, it has to work overtime and that's not good because it's concentrating on digesting the foods and not re-fueling you. Our metabolisms aren't as active when we sleep. It's crucial for us to get six to eight hours of sleep. We should feel fatigued enough to fall asleep and food doesn't help that. Food is for energy, not as a sleep aid.

If you just need to crunch on something or want to feel full, try "eat-free foods" instead -- pickles, red peppers and celery are great examples.

 

 See more myths here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/BodyGoodToGo/story? id=3523893&page=1

<3 Lauren

I share half an icy cold big sweet orange with BF before i go to bed. I recently noticed i will get cranky if i don't have that half of an orange... and it goes perfectly with a sip of rum.

If I absolutely can't fall asleep ignoring hunger, I have a granola bar and milk.  It was also my 3am snack when I was pregnant.  Totally helps!

Go ahead and eat a light snack before bed. Sugar and caffeine will keep you up, so avoid those things, like cakes, processed carbs, cookies, chocolate, etc. Also, keep the fibre content low, as it's easier on your belly at night not to have a bowl of all bran working its way through!

Your body burns hundreds and hundreds of calories while you sleep, so don't worry about that whole, eating before bed makes you fat myth.

I personally love toast before bed. Or toasted pita bread and organic apple butter. Sometimes, I even just eat a tablespoon of peanut butter, licking off a spoon like a lollipop. mmmm!

  

Personally I have blood sugar/pre-diabetic issues, so it's a must for me to have something before bed.  As most posts are saying, it's important to consider what the calories are coming from.  Complex carbs are best according to my nutritional counselor.  And keep the quantity fairly small, as you still have to count it in your daily calories!Laughing

Personally, if I eat certain things before bed (chocolate, Chinese, or Mexican) I cannot sleep very well.  I don't think it's a weight issue (it hasn't made a difference for me if I stick to my calories) but more of a good night's sleep...

I usually stop eating, like lauradavis said, 60 to 90 minutes before bed time.  I also, like brush my teeth or chew gum a lot and it makes my stomach not growl.  

I read that people who eat cereal before bed lost weight than those who ate other things.  It's probably because it's kinda hard to "binge" on a bowl of cereal. 

Now give me a pound of cookie dough........................................ . 

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Go ahead and eat a light snack before bed. Sugar and caffeine will keep you up, so avoid those things, like cakes, processed carbs, cookies, chocolate, etc. Also, keep the fibre content low, as it's easier on your belly at night not to have a bowl of all bran working its way through!

Your body burns hundreds and hundreds of calories while you sleep, so don't worry about that whole, eating before bed makes you fat myth.

I personally love toast before bed. Or toasted pita bread and organic apple butter. Sometimes, I even just eat a tablespoon of peanut butter, licking off a spoon like a lollipop. mmmm!

  

No offense but you seem to be promoting eating before bed because you like to do it and not nesecarily because it's not bad for you. Most experts i've read have advised against it, and some fairly adamently. You body is susposed to be shutting down and resting, the calories you burn are just your organs and muscles burning calories to maintain themselves. You won't sleep as good either if your body is working like that to digest food, and if your body has no need for the calories you just consumed it will store it away as fat for when it's needed.

It's not life or death but i don't like the idea of eating before bed and I won't eat if i'm going to bed within 2 to 3 hours.

I always end up eating before I go to bed. It's a habit that I haven't been able to break. And I've been losing weight just fine. As long as you stay in your calorie range, I don't see the issue. In fact, I tried the " dont eat past 7 thing" or whatever and the time from when I stopped eating until I went to bed, I was frazzled. It stressed me out a little, and that's when I hit my plateau. I think it had a lot to do with the late-night "stress".
archer531 no offence either but if you have read the experts that ru nthis site and that give out the information the nutritionist say it doesnt matter when you eat, just stay in your range. so if you decide to save 600 calories before you go to bed because thats when your hungry...it doesnt change anything. thats a fact
archer531 no offence either but if you have read the experts that ru nthis site and that give out the information the nutritionist say it doesnt matter when you eat, just stay in your range. so if you decide to save 600 calories before you go to bed because thats when your hungry...it doesnt change anything. thats a fact
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