Does anyone have any information, personal experience is fine, regarding eating before bedtime. More specifically, I'm looking into getting enough food for the day vs. eating too close to bedtime. On some of my fasted training days (leangaines-ish approach) I go to work, come home, hit the gym and then cook my PWO meal to break my fast. The problem I'm running into is that by the time I finish eating, it's just about my bedtime. I'm wondering how much this is negatively affecting me. I've considered altering my schedule, yes, but sometimes this isn't always an option. So when presented with this scheduling scenario, how would some of you best navigate?
Things I've considered:
Staying up longer to let food digest, but then I compromise sleep, 6 hrs instead of 8-9.
Not training fasted.. almost done leaning out, could be an option during maintenance phase.
Not eating as much, less food going into storage while I sleep, but I think it far more important to be well fed / nourished, especially PWO.
Any thoughts are appreciated.
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on April 20, 2011
at 06:44 PM
This is one of my axiomatic rules now to my own patients.....never eat past 8 PM no matter what. If you cant IF til breakfast. The main reason is the effect on leptin signalling that occurs 3-5 hours later.
on May 08, 2013
at 05:52 AM
I think the only issue that arises from eating right before bed is the fact that you are laying down, and so gravity is not assisting the digestion process, so the process is slowed.
I have read that our digestive systems also go through periods that they "sleep" in order to rest, but you take care of this while fasting. With that, your digestive system should adapt to a different sleep schedule than you.
If you don't have problems, such as feeling full still when you wake up, then that means your digestive system has adapted for the most part.
Also, you can assist your digestion by drinking hot water with your meal, drinking ginger tea afterwards, or taking a digestive enzyme! (I take NOW brand super enzyme)
on May 08, 2013
at 03:18 AM
Wow loved the info about Walter Breuning! I basically eat a similar schedule which just developed organically - I eat breakfast early and my largest meal of the day is lunch around noon. Then around 4 or 5pm I'll have a kind of mini meal or snack. I brew a big pot of coffee in the morning and have a cup with breakfast and one usually after lunch, and occasionally if there's some left in the pot a small one mid afternoon. I'll cook my husband dinner in the evening and may have some small tastes of food then, but nothing else. Maybe I should cut out the tasting just before bed...something to work on? Anyways I was excited to read that I eat like the oldest living man!
on October 01, 2011
at 04:19 PM
I think if eating disrupts sleep or digestion then it's not a good idea. If not, there are enough studies out there debunking all manner of food timing impacting weight on strictly metabolic terms* to do what works for you. I know when (long time ago) I had GERD eating late was the worst for me, didn't matter what it was.
*I'm talking about if grazing leads to overeating or skipping breakfast does, or noshing mindlessly watching TV after dinner or whatever, this is more behavioral and will impact weight/health. But it's not the timing of the eating per se that is the issue.
on April 21, 2011
at 04:48 AM
I remember reading that the oldest living man, Walter Breuning, (who has since passed) never ate dinner. His latest meal was lunch. I think he said he had some kind of snack in the afternoon and never bothered with dinner. He did alright. He lived to 114.
This is taken from Wikipedia:
Breuning attributed much of his longevity to his diet. Shortly after his wife died, Breuning started eating out at restaurants. Eventually, he stopped dining out, but he continued eating two meals a day. He ate a big breakfast and a hearty lunch but skipped an evening meal, snacking on fruit instead. Breuning consumed a lot of water plus a cup and a half of coffee with breakfast and one cup with lunch. He got up every day at 6:15 a.m. and had breakfast at 7:30 a.m. He then took a stroll around The Rainbow for exercise and could then be found sitting in the lobby chatting with fellow residents.
His weight was around the same for the last 50 years of his life, 125–130 pounds (57–59 kg). Because Breuning was 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m), his body mass index was around 19. For years Breuning took a baby aspirin daily, but he eventually gave that up. In his later years he took no medication at all, stating that he didn't need it. Breuning believed another key to his longevity was keeping his mind and body active, not retiring until the age of 99 and until very recently doing calisthenics every morning. Though his vision didn't allow him to read anymore, Breuning kept his mind active by listening to the radio.
on April 20, 2011
at 07:16 PM
I definitely stall out on weight loss if I eat less than a few hours before bed. I never wanted to believe this old axiom is true, but for me it is - at least for weight loss.
on April 20, 2011
at 06:54 PM
i once read in a outdoor magazin. eat before sleeping to tay warm over night.
for house people i read mostly that eating late can have effect on your body.
i also heard some food eat late can help sleep more deeper. like some milk some animal product. some the or oats. yeah oats are not paleo oats porridge help sleeping. also oat straw has a effect. there are lot of herbs helping sleeping.