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Eating late at night

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2011 at 6:27 AM

Is it bad to eat late at night? Specifically fruit. Answers would be greatly appreciated.

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on August 09, 2011
at 06:03 AM

Thanks a lot everyone!

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on August 08, 2011
at 03:05 PM

It depends a lot on the condition of the OP. If overweight or insulin resistant or diabetic, limiting carbs is the way to go. Athletic fit non-insulin resistant people can get away with more carb. The problem is that you can become insulin-resistant while still quite thin. It began to develop in me while I was 107 pounds (for years) wringing wet, and manifested as feeling faint, or really fainting from sugar crashes. So even skinny people need to be very aware of their reaction to carbs.

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Thanks Ben! Good to know....

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on August 08, 2011
at 12:41 PM

If one is pretty athletic or even just very active, avoiding carbs before bed can definitely lead to unsound sleep, rising early to eat because of low blood sugar, etc. I think a good bit of starch at dinner pretty close to bed time is a great way to sleep soundly.

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on August 08, 2011
at 11:50 AM

What I wanted to say is, eating carbs later in the day can't be all bad ;) (and I doubt it matters one way or the other, eating paleo)

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Interesting study but I don't read it quite the way you do. It looks more like getting a group of SAD eater to postpone any carb until evening increases satiety and improves metabolism, so they lost weight. It doesn't say so, but I suspect that their overall daily carb intake was reduced also. And it doesn't say anything about eating carbs right before bed. I do think that the strategy of eating all your carbs at dinner looks like a good one.

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on August 08, 2011
at 06:53 AM

I don't know, but ever since I started eating paleo I don't feel the need to eat anything after dinner. Perhaps it's a sign that you are not eating enough earlier in the day if you are still hungry?

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on August 08, 2011
at 11:00 AM

Not sure if you are on a losing or gaining path? If it helps, I'm gaining. I had trouble keeping weight on and maintaining a strong performance before and during CF, and discovered if I eat a nice snack before bed that it's helped me stay strong and keep the weight on. Cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts, berries, hard boiled egg, etc. Sleep is never affected, no weird dreams or anything. I also have a snack before CF 30 minutes prior to lifting those heavy weights. Too hot right now and I'm burning thru food too quickly.

On non-CF days I definitely have a snack before bed but only berries. It's just something nice :)

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on August 08, 2011
at 09:07 AM

I wouldn't obsess over fruit, personally.

But here is a study that found eating all carbs later in the day to be cool: http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/oby201148a.html

279700a1070c65fc144eceaa642dcbc7

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on August 08, 2011
at 11:50 AM

What I wanted to say is, eating carbs later in the day can't be all bad ;) (and I doubt it matters one way or the other, eating paleo)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 08, 2011
at 03:05 PM

It depends a lot on the condition of the OP. If overweight or insulin resistant or diabetic, limiting carbs is the way to go. Athletic fit non-insulin resistant people can get away with more carb. The problem is that you can become insulin-resistant while still quite thin. It began to develop in me while I was 107 pounds (for years) wringing wet, and manifested as feeling faint, or really fainting from sugar crashes. So even skinny people need to be very aware of their reaction to carbs.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 08, 2011
at 10:51 AM

Interesting study but I don't read it quite the way you do. It looks more like getting a group of SAD eater to postpone any carb until evening increases satiety and improves metabolism, so they lost weight. It doesn't say so, but I suspect that their overall daily carb intake was reduced also. And it doesn't say anything about eating carbs right before bed. I do think that the strategy of eating all your carbs at dinner looks like a good one.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 08, 2011
at 06:53 AM

I try to avoid carbs close to sleeping. Your body does not need a lot of carbs and at night especially...

You might pour some heavy cream over them (exchange some fruit for cream). That would help or eat cottage cheese instead.

Also going to bed earlier (if possible) should help avoid cravings and have other benifits.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Thanks Ben! Good to know....

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on August 08, 2011
at 12:41 PM

If one is pretty athletic or even just very active, avoiding carbs before bed can definitely lead to unsound sleep, rising early to eat because of low blood sugar, etc. I think a good bit of starch at dinner pretty close to bed time is a great way to sleep soundly.

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on August 08, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I've been traveling this last week and meals have been difficult for me, so i've been enjoying apples with walnuts at night and I'm actually down a few pounds!

I generally don't eat at night but since I wasn't eating well during the day either, I had to eat something! I also did not notice any gastro issues either. So something new to think about next time you need to eat late or add fruit!

Normally I would think eating fruit at night would cause me to put on some weight, maybe this still could be true if eating well during the day.....in that case I'm assuming I wouldnt want the fruit.

So, go with what you're body is asking for!!

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on August 08, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Eat when your hungry, that's no matter. If you're craving sweets that's really the problem, a blood sugar issue. Try bacon, avocado or coconut instead - fat is very satiating and it still feels like a "treat"

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