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Eating late at night!

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Created June 02, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Can you lose weight if you eat late at night? I always eat good portions during the day but then I have a relatively good sized dinner and then kind of a second dinner around 9:30 b/c I'm so hungry.

Will I lose weight, and how can I stop eating so much that late? (I'm not eating breads, dairy, etc).

It could be habit, but I really feel hungry. I'm 5'2, 140 pound female, working out 2-3 times a week. Do I have any chance of losing weight?

E32abdc9a483de43def522faf81ed4e9

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on March 18, 2014
at 02:20 AM

What is CHO?

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on November 11, 2013
at 08:09 PM

a tablespoon is tbsp, tsp is tea spoon. quite a difference.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on November 11, 2013
at 05:51 PM

But that is a tremendous amount of saturated fat. I know that my body didn't respond well to tablespoons full of coconut oil.

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on November 11, 2013
at 03:34 PM

2 tsp is 8 gram. Not so much just 70 kcals

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on November 11, 2013
at 03:22 PM

That's a tremendous amount of coconut oil... Going to a huge fat snack right before bed is probably bad advice.

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on August 10, 2012
at 12:12 AM

When you begin eating paleo, you do not simply cut out a bunch of stuff, you MUST add foods too. I eat way more real food than I used to and have lost do much weight! You shouldn't be skipping lunch! This diet is NOT about deprivation! It's fun! Eat! I became ravenous when I first cut out carbs. Carbs are so much like a "filler". Without them you need real food

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Interesting... thank you.

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Yesterday for breakfast I had two eggs, snack-avocado and 2 small almond crackers I made, dinner- chicken and salad (probably a bigger portion) and then for my late night (10pm) snack I had ground beef with tomato sauce, a salad and an apple. :( Kind of embarrassing!

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Dinner is always VLC, but I am going to try eating later meals perhaps. I think I am hunger phobic. For many years I would have trouble sleeping when my belly wasn't stuffed. It's one thing I need to work on now. Thanks for the post.

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on June 02, 2012
at 01:09 PM

This is 100% the right answer.

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:02 AM

I'm going to try counting calories. I have a feeling I consume more than I should?

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Thanks for the info!

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I stop drinking water maybe 3 hours before bed because I have the bladder of an 8yr old girl otherwise, so keep on drinking. is everything you ate in one go, wht was yoru breakfast, lunch and dinner? you have a great chance of losing weight, if that's your ultimate goal...have you ever counted your calories for the day/ week to get an idea of where you're at?

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I really think I'm hungry! It could be habit but I really feel hungry. I drink a lot of water during the day, maybe I'll drink more. For example, today I ate... scrabbled eggs, 1/2 avocado, chicken and salad, then for the snack, a lot of ground beef with tomato sauce, salad, apple. That's a lot right? I'm female 140 pounds 5'2. Do I have any chance of losing weight?

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on June 02, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Lara, welcome to PaleoHacks. There's one thing I should let you know about how things work around here: we poo-poo on conventional wisdom. So you know those thoughts you're having about how eating late at night will automatically lead to fat storage? It's not true.
Your body has no idea what time it is. It'll digest food normally at say, midnight, the same way it does at 8 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. The same principles apply here: don't go overboard in eating and get some physical activity in throughout the day. If you're really truly hungry, then eat. I suggest keeping track of your calories.

http://www.leangains.com/2010/10/top-ten-fasting-myths-debunked.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/02/060202080832.htm
http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/myth-debunked-late-night-eating-does-not-cause-weight-gain.html
http://healthwiseblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/myth-eating-late-at-night-causes-weight-gain-2/
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/diet-truth-myth-eating-night-causes-weight-gain

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on June 02, 2012
at 01:09 PM

This is 100% the right answer.

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 02, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Thanks for the info!

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on April 02, 2014
at 12:04 PM

New studies reveal that to burn the most fat, you need to go 12 hours without eating—say, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.In the nighttime brain and muscles uses some of the calories of food you eat. The remaining part gets stored as Glycogen in the liver. During the nighttime glycogen is converted into glucose and releases them into bloodstream that keeps the blood sugar steady. When this stored glycogen is lost the liver make and attempt to burn fats. The result is you burn fat during sleep. Eating only between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and then not eating for at least 12 hours, should give your body enough time to burn all of the stored glycogen plus some fat every night.

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on March 18, 2014
at 08:36 PM

I have the same problem. I can't sleep hungry. The important thing is to eat protein and/or fat rather than carbs. I usually go for some full fat greek yogurt or some aged gouda cheese. I have lost close to 25 lbs over a 4-5 month period. Before going paleo/primal I would have snacked on honey grahams or potato chips. Another thing that helps me at least is to have a cup of herbal tea an hour before bed. It seems to help make me feel full. I recommend sleepy time tea from celestial seasonings.

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on November 11, 2013
at 06:42 PM

meal timing is a myth. don't get caught up in it and don't waste energy worrying about it. the stress from worry will effect your weight more than what time of the day you eat

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on November 11, 2013
at 07:43 AM

Well eating late is no good if you raise insulin. About 1-2 hours into your sleep the body releases the highest amout of growt hormone. And GH is the most fatburning hormone you have. So it's true you shoulf not eat for 2 hours before you ho to bed. But eating food that doesent raise insulin wont disturb the HGH release the same way. So if I get really hungry late I have 2 tsp of coconut oil with a little almond butter on top. Takes hunger away, don't fill up the stomach and does not raise the insulin.

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on November 11, 2013
at 08:09 PM

a tablespoon is tbsp, tsp is tea spoon. quite a difference.

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on November 11, 2013
at 03:22 PM

That's a tremendous amount of coconut oil... Going to a huge fat snack right before bed is probably bad advice.

Medium avatar

(0)

on November 11, 2013
at 03:34 PM

2 tsp is 8 gram. Not so much just 70 kcals

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on November 11, 2013
at 05:51 PM

But that is a tremendous amount of saturated fat. I know that my body didn't respond well to tablespoons full of coconut oil.

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on November 11, 2013
at 04:56 AM

I would wonder if you shouldn't be going to bed earlier.

I tend to find I'm hungry for an early dinner, eat well, then have a few hours of being full, totally content, and eventually ready for bed (my body naturally winding down, I guess, with circadian rhythms; I usually try to get to bed before 10:00pm-- it depends on the season and daylight hours/weather). If, however, I don't go to bed when my body wants me to, my body seems to decide that something's wrong, and starts sending me signals that I need to eat again if I'm going to be staying up all night. Of course, if I do eat again, it makes sleeping harder, so it's all a vicious cycle.

My solution is to get up early (with the light-- usually wake up naturally with the light) go to bed early (with the light or when my body tells me to), and I find that if I stick with that the late-night cravings go away-- because if your body's in sync with itself, and it knows it's about to go to sleep, it won't start telling you to stuff yourself. It'll only do that if it thinks you're staying awake longer than you should, meaning you need additional energy.

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on June 02, 2012
at 09:17 PM

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Interesting... thank you.

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on June 02, 2012
at 10:46 AM

If you want to avoid feeling hungry later in the evening, you need to pay attention to what you eat and NOT the calories (!)

Dinner should be VLC - it's CHO that makes you hungry. Timing dinner could also be helpful - about 4hrs before the time you calculate you would actually be drifting off I would suggest.

Last word - don't get hunger-phobic - my personal experience is that I sleep best when I go to bed feeling a little hungry.

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

(55)

on June 02, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Dinner is always VLC, but I am going to try eating later meals perhaps. I think I am hunger phobic. For many years I would have trouble sleeping when my belly wasn't stuffed. It's one thing I need to work on now. Thanks for the post.

E32abdc9a483de43def522faf81ed4e9

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on March 18, 2014
at 02:20 AM

What is CHO?

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on June 02, 2012
at 03:02 AM

Are you eating because you're hungry or because you're bored, being that it's so late at night?

Thirst can also disguise itself as hungry, it happens to me at least twice a week.

Truth.

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

(55)

on June 02, 2012
at 04:02 AM

I'm going to try counting calories. I have a feeling I consume more than I should?

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5366)

on June 02, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I stop drinking water maybe 3 hours before bed because I have the bladder of an 8yr old girl otherwise, so keep on drinking. is everything you ate in one go, wht was yoru breakfast, lunch and dinner? you have a great chance of losing weight, if that's your ultimate goal...have you ever counted your calories for the day/ week to get an idea of where you're at?

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

(55)

on June 02, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I really think I'm hungry! It could be habit but I really feel hungry. I drink a lot of water during the day, maybe I'll drink more. For example, today I ate... scrabbled eggs, 1/2 avocado, chicken and salad, then for the snack, a lot of ground beef with tomato sauce, salad, apple. That's a lot right? I'm female 140 pounds 5'2. Do I have any chance of losing weight?

C847ea2b9ab070358c2cdabb1fc99764

(55)

on June 02, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Yesterday for breakfast I had two eggs, snack-avocado and 2 small almond crackers I made, dinner- chicken and salad (probably a bigger portion) and then for my late night (10pm) snack I had ground beef with tomato sauce, a salad and an apple. :( Kind of embarrassing!

C80f784a14057bc7faf19426a5f57530

(60)

on August 10, 2012
at 12:12 AM

When you begin eating paleo, you do not simply cut out a bunch of stuff, you MUST add foods too. I eat way more real food than I used to and have lost do much weight! You shouldn't be skipping lunch! This diet is NOT about deprivation! It's fun! Eat! I became ravenous when I first cut out carbs. Carbs are so much like a "filler". Without them you need real food

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