Eating before bed?

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    Feb 05, 2008 12:53 PM GMT
    I couldn't find this topic on here anywhere so I will ask... what is rule for eating before bed?

    Ive heard its ok cuz its all about calories in v.s. calories out and then other say that you shouldnt eat anything 3 hours before bed.

    What do you think or have you exprienced? I know if I dont eat before bed I feel more rested and seems like I have more energy the next day but maybe its psycological, I dont know.
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    Feb 05, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Well, for the most part I live by the three hour rule. I dont like to feel full before bed. But- If I eat too early (5-6pm) the fridge will be calling my name by midnight. I like to drink water after dinner to help keep the late cravings to a minimum.
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    Feb 05, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    Supposedly if you eat before bed, your body isn't going to burn those calories and the body will store them.

    Personally, I eat 4 bananas during the night. Just take them to bed with me and eat when body wakes up and wants one.
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:19 PM GMT
    The 3 hour rule is a good one to follow. Keep in mind though when you do eat right before going to sleep your body does not get a complete rest; reason being that your body is still working to digest the food as opposed to not working & fully resting. I do get the munchies @ night so I usually snack on some grapes or something like that & water is a good craving killer.
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    Caslon saidSupposedly if you eat before bed, your body isn't going to burn those calories and the body will store them.

    Personally, I eat 4 bananas during the night. Just take them to bed with me and eat when body wakes up and wants one.



    Wow the mind Boggles i am imagening you and 4 Banana's in BED!!!


    Seriously no don't eat before sleep at least 3/4 hours!
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    the mind boggles? really?

    It just 4 bananas...about half a hand. I just eat 'em and throw the skins on the floor til morning, cuz I cant stand the smell of organic banana peels after eating the banana. They oxidize terribly.
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Caslon

    Personally, I eat 4 bananas during the night. Just take them to bed with me and eat when body wakes up and wants one.

    I have to admit, this posting is funny and mind boggling but I know he eats his bannanas icon_lol.gif

    I stick to eating before 6 pm the latest would be before 7 pm. I tend to go to bed late. Rarely I do eat before sleep (gotta spoil yourself once in a while)
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    Feb 05, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    I just feel gross in the morning if I eat too close to bed.
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    Feb 05, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    In the "MED" they tend to eat late at night like when i was in Spain they would go out And eat a big meal at 2200 with wine and the rest? l cannot eat really after 2030 but normally i eat at 1900 around!

    Here in Turkey they eat around 2000 most people or before.

    l know when i was in Florida staying with a Lady friend she ate at 1800 around and we sometimes went out to eat and everywhere was so busy at that time!


    Now i tend to eat a goos lunch and have a snack in the evening and i feel better for it but that's because l don't work so it's easy for me.

    Still thinking about those Bananas and those rotten skin's on the floor l think l will have Nighmares tonight!
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    Feb 05, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I shouldn't, but too often I eat cookies and milk too close to bed.

    Cookies...the silent killer.
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    Feb 05, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    I try not to eat just before bed just so I sleep better.

    BUT, if I am hungry, I'll just snack on something small.
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    Feb 05, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    I find that if I don't eat before bed, I wake up and raid the fridge in a semi-conscious stupor. My ex was always mad because he'd wake up and there would be crumbs all over the kitchen.
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    Feb 05, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    I try to scale back carbs as the day goes by. We don't need the energy from carbs while we sleep, but those of us trying to add muscle from lifting need the protein. Right before bed I drink a protein shake. And I use an extended release protein: casein has been added because it digests more slowly than whey protein isolates.
  • EricLA

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    Feb 05, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    Here's a medical answer. (It appears to be a myth with no scientific evidence to support it):

    http://www.ediets.com/news/article.cfm/cmi_1741946/cid_1
  • dhinkansas

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    Feb 05, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    I'm so impressed with all the healthy people on here. Makes me want to do better. Instead of water or grapes, I can't help myself...I end up reaching for oreos and milk.
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    Feb 05, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    RBY71 saidI find that if I don't eat before bed, I wake up and raid the fridge in a semi-conscious stupor. My ex was always mad because he'd wake up and there would be crumbs all over the kitchen.


    RBY - you could leave crumbs ANYWHERE in my house. not a problem! ;)
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    Feb 05, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Caslon saidthe mind boggles? really?

    It just 4 bananas...about half a hand. I just eat 'em and throw the skins on the floor til morning, cuz I cant stand the smell of organic banana peels after eating the banana. They oxidize terribly.

    Put them in your plants' soil. They're great fertilizer. And, damn, how big are your hands???icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 05, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    I remember when the first Body for Life video came out there was one guy that would set his alarm after sleeping 4 hours, drink a protein shake and then go back to bed. He was ripped and huge!!

    I dont know what to believe, I think like seapower said if your goal is to gain alot of muscle its probably a good think so your body is in less of a catabolic state. And it probably depends on "what" you are eating late...

    I also have a bad craving for cookies and milk at night..my favorite are chips ahoy chocolate chip cookies in milk...mmmmmmm good.
  • EricLA

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    Feb 05, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
    I suppose this would be a good place to use the new catchphrase that's trying to pick up steam from the movie "There Will Be Blood."

    "I drink your milkshake!"
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    Feb 05, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    All this easting for bed stuff is total misinformation. The only logic in it is that those ethat eat after the magical 6pm 7pm 8pm whatever it is will actually skip that snack and thats it.

    fact is tho the meal we have in the morning is called breakfast. And fast is one thing you dont want to do when you want to keep your metabolism revved wether building muscle or losing fat.

    One of the best things you can have before bed is wholegrain cereal. Not only does it promote good sleep, as effectively as half the ZMA that people spend all their hard earned pennies on, and it fuels the furnace so you burn fat while you sleep.

    The dont eat at night brigade should be kept in girls mags where it belongs alongside the cabbage soup, south beach and all the other faddy garbage icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

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    Feb 05, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    seapower said We don't need the energy from carbs while we sleep,


    If you have any studies to back that up I would be interested to read them as I have never come across any such study
  • GQjock

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    Feb 05, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Actually there is some truth to the don't eat late at night rule
    when your body is inactive
    calories are more likely to be stored away...
    instead of used for quick energy
    and our bodies are very good at saving extra
    calories and holding onto them
    and the way they do it is by socking away those night time cals as fat
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    Feb 05, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    only if in excess of your daily requirement.

    The body is still active and if you know what you are eating then its not an issue
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    Feb 05, 2008 10:24 PM GMT
    bfg1 is the voice of reason.

    If you worked out late, eating before bed makes perfect sense.

    If you ate properly during the day you shouldn't be hungry, but, remember you are going to be sleeping for 8 hours or whatever.

    If you didn't do anything but starve all day, eating Crisco shortening and chocolate (Oreos) is stupid beyond belief.

    You have to apply common sense in these matters.

    I eat eat before and after going to bed, to get me through the night.

    The most important meal of the day is breakfast. So, if you need to eat a little something to get through the night, fine. If you eat breakfast, and eat all day long, you shouldn't be real hungry at night, anyway.

    Breakfast is key.
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    Feb 06, 2008 7:06 AM GMT
    chuckystud said

    If you didn't do anything but starve all day, eating Crisco shortening and chocolate (Oreos) is stupid beyond belief.


    LMAO you are going to love this one then, as if the above was all you ate all day long providing the amount did not exceed your daily calorie requirement you would not add weight. Heck you could even eat McDonalds and get superskinny as long as you know the numbers. It would be overtly nutitious and the end result wouldnt look great tho for health or aesthetics!

    At the end of the day people its all a maths game over a 24 hour period. Which makes the whole food timing issue a lot less plausible when people cant even get that right.

    If you dont do the maths then its simply guess work.