Late night snacking

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    Oct 16, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    Hey guys, i really need someones advice about this subject matter. People seem to differ on their opinion on this subject.
    Late night snacking....
    Late at night at about 10/11 pm i am so hugry i can barely see straight ( especially when i trained the day)
    Now what I want to know - what can i eat if anything at all.
    Greetings
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    Oct 17, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    Take out the time specifics.

    Ask the question again.

    You probably know the answer.
  • vindog

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    Oct 17, 2009 12:48 AM GMT


    I would imagine a protein shake would be good.


    Or any kind of veggies.


    I make popcorn on the stove. Cook in olive oil then add celery salt, cumin, pepper, garlic powder....and sometimes tapatio.


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    Oct 17, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Eat. Eat. Eat.

    Eat plenty of complex carbs pre workout, and both simple, and complex carbs, post workout.

    That craving means your blood sugar is too low.

    EAT.
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    Oct 17, 2009 1:59 AM GMT
    Try some cottage cheese. I've heard that since it's a slow-release protein it can help with late night cravings.
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    Oct 17, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    I think the point here is to eat a small snack. However avoid eating anything at least 1-hour before sleep. Drink a large glass of water. You certainly shouldn't stuff youself right before.

    Question - what and when do you typically consum anything prior to 10/11?
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    Oct 17, 2009 9:34 AM GMT
    JW61 saidI think the point here is to eat a small snack. However avoid eating anything at least 1-hour before sleep. Drink a large glass of water. You certainly shouldn't stuff youself right before.

    Question - what and when do you typically consumed anything prior to 10/11?


    well im a late sleeper so i usally only go to bed at 12. so i eat at least an hour before i sleep. What I eat? well that somtimes the problem. I usaully feel pregnant because i have cravings for somrthing like egs or meat. But what i eat is hoe grain bran flakes with no sugar.
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    Oct 17, 2009 10:03 AM GMT
    For me, one of the following do the trick:

    popcorn
    dark whole grain toast with strawberry preserves
    rice, especially fried rice leftovers from the chinese food place down the st.
    apple
    2 oranges

    They're all quick, easy to make and scrumptious!! enjoy! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 17, 2009 11:59 AM GMT
    Ruggas said


    well im a late sleeper so i usally only go to bed at 12. so i eat at least an hour before i sleep. What I eat? well that somtimes the problem. I usaully feel pregnant because i have cravings for somrthing like egs or meat. But what i eat is hoe grain bran flakes with no sugar.


    You likely know this - eating more boosts your metabolism - sounds counter intuitive but true since breaking down foods burns up more callories and you don't 'spike'. Its difficult but eating 5 to 6 times per day in reasonable portion will keep you on an even playing field so to speak. (It doesn't apprear you have a problem in this department icon_smile.gif)

    I'm not an expert and acknowledge eveyone's metobolism is different not to mention personal preference but the principals are the same. Spreading the intake out properly may help reduce that late night feeling.

    OK - so the not so sexy part. The feeling of bing pregnant could be a result from gas from improper digestion. Eating too close to bedtime forces your body to spend energy on digestion when instead your body should be relaxed for sleep so you feel energized in the a.m. Anyhow that's my 2-cents!!
  • EricLA

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    Oct 17, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Perhaps you are proceeding from the assumption that eating at night is more likely to put on the lbs than eating during the day because metabolism is slower. Several studies have shown this to be untrue.

    During the week I work out at night (Mon/Weds) and don't get home till about 10. I have a hard-boiled egg, some almonds, and some milk. And I often have a bit of ice cream. I think I still maintain a pretty lean shape, as I think my pics show.

    I wouldn't eat a big meal at that time, I do that before my workout.
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    Oct 17, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    I stick with a PB&J if I'm hungry before bed.
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    Oct 17, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Cotton balls. If that doesn't work, cigarettes.

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    Oct 17, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
    As far as I know, the best foods for late night (just so that your stomach doesn't get troubled and that you can sleep well) are dairy products, nuts and some fruits like date. Mostly just avoid caffeine, high sugar content and any thing with too much fat. You'll sleep like a baby. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 18, 2009 11:56 AM GMT
    This sounds simple and might be something you're already doing, but have you tried just drinking a large glass of water? It's something that works for me.
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    Oct 18, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    If you subscribe to a 5 or 6 meal a day diet, it actually calls for a meal before bed. Its a misnoma about eating before bed. Its not when you eat, its what you eat. Think about it. When the stomach is empty (out of gas) it eats muscle, and actually stores fat. If your sleeping 8 hrs, the stomach will go empty overnight. When I cut up in spring, and go on a 5 meal a day diet I have a meal before bed. I loose weight, and save muscle. So again, its what you eat.

    Here are some examples of what I eat:

    An egg white omlette and 1/2 cup of Oatmeal
    Chicken Breast and 1/2 cup of veggies

    If your hungry eat. Eat right. Protien and a healthy carb will burn fat and save/build muscle.
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    Oct 18, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    thax for the great replies guys. really helped! icon_smile.gif
  • baldone

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    Oct 18, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    i usually have something like lite popcorn, yogurt or cottage cheese mixed with some type of fruit....
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    Oct 18, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    Okay, I get that you're supposed to eat lots of carbs and protein if you're trying to bulk up, but if you're someone like me who can eat whatever they want without putting on fat--really-- does it matter?

    When my personal trainer put me on a plan a while ago, she basically told me I couldn't eat anything I actually like. I feel like these people are just bitter that they can't eat whatever they want without gaining weight so they encourage people like me to be just as miserable. I'm eating all the crap I love now...and still have really low body fat. Take that personal trainer!
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    Oct 18, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    Typically if I am hungry later in the evening, I eat a bowl of dry granola cereal mixed with almonds, and walnuts or a protein bar.
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    Oct 18, 2009 8:53 PM GMT
    being a night owl, and the fact that I work all day, and have some free time at night, I tend to eat quite a bit before bed.....if I dont I have trouble sleeping, so Instead of gorging myself with the wrong foods, I use musclemilk blended with banana, flaxseeds, lowfatmilk, yogurt and somtimes other fruits. Cottage cheese, almonds, and blackwalnuts tends to curb the appetite as well.
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    Oct 19, 2009 5:25 AM GMT
    ok extra hungry right know, having a pb and j sandwich, BEFORE my musclemilk....