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Is eating late like before bed time a bad thing

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

I love to have a snack before bed time is that not a good thing on Paleo? Is there a set time one should stop eating before bed time?

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on February 23, 2013
at 05:58 PM

@Wisper, fair point. What I was implying was that sometimes people snack at night, out of boredom/habit/to de-stress, self-soothe etc, after they already eaten enough for their body's needs for the day.

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on February 21, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I honestly don't know the answer. For me, noon to 8pm is the easiest window. Fasting for 16 hours is sufficient enough to get benefits from autophagy based on what I read.

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on February 20, 2013
at 09:39 AM

@Renee, not sure what you are implying, but I eat right before bed. Heavy carb meal on workout days, fat and proteins on off-days. I've lost 25kg doing this.

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on February 20, 2013
at 05:36 AM

You don't need to count calories, I only said that incase your goal was to lose weight - then calories are something you should worry about. But if you want to know how many calories are optimal search for BMR (basic metabolic rate) which is how many calories you use a day doing nothing.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Oh yeah. Some people report having wild dreams when they eat right before bed. I have never noticed this myself though.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:22 AM

I agree- I don't eat late because then I have really crazy dreams! My sleep quality is definitely worsened when I eat late.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:55 AM

I thought u do not count calories and if u do where can I figure how much calories should be eating to lose weight

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:26 AM

does it matter where that 8 hour window is?

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:09 AM

never heard any consensus, lots of passionate opinions both ways.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:09 AM

no meal timing does not make a difference

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:08 AM

no, meal frequency will not make a difference

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Depends. Are you trying to lose weight?

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:42 AM

As long as you're eating out of hunger and not boredom, you're good. Just make sure you're eating paleo and you have nothing to worry about.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Just my personal N=1,

Eating late or eating a big dinner really reduces my quality of sleep. It takes me longer to get to bed, I move more during the night (at least according to sleep cycle) and I feel more groggy in the morning.

I doubt the timing would affect weight loss or fat storage -- but it is definitely a bad thing for me in terms of sleep quality.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:22 AM

I agree- I don't eat late because then I have really crazy dreams! My sleep quality is definitely worsened when I eat late.

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on February 20, 2013
at 08:48 AM

Generally it is not a good idea to eat before bed as for many people it can disrupt sleep and cause digestive issues. You will also burn off less of the calories you eat as you are not active when you sleep. But SuzyQ is right - going to bed hungry will also disrupt sleep. This has been my personal experience. I would not recommend eating a tsp of peanut butter, though (lectins, not paleo). Almond butter is a better bet. Something satiating/calorie-dense but low volume.

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on February 20, 2013
at 07:27 AM

light snacks are okay as long as you get a good night's sleep. in general it's not healthy to eat lots just before sleeping as the food is not digested properly. this takes a toll on the stomach and over a period might develop some digestion problems.

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748480b775b59092f4a90d3d06464dcf

on February 20, 2013
at 03:23 AM

I don't think this is an issue. Eating certain food right before bed can give certain people heart heartburn, like myself. Other than that, I think you will be fine.

748480b775b59092f4a90d3d06464dcf

on February 20, 2013
at 03:27 AM

Oh yeah. Some people report having wild dreams when they eat right before bed. I have never noticed this myself though.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 20, 2013
at 02:24 AM

I used to think it did not matter when a person ate but there are many benefits to eating in an 8 hour window.

The Myriad Benefits of Intermittent Fasting http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting/#axzz2LO07dd71

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:26 AM

does it matter where that 8 hour window is?

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 21, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I honestly don't know the answer. For me, noon to 8pm is the easiest window. Fasting for 16 hours is sufficient enough to get benefits from autophagy based on what I read.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Not if you're hungry. Low-carb can cause sleeplessness. Melatonin is made by eating carbs according to my naturopath. I have spoonful of natural PB so I sleep thru the night or eat a late dinner (2-3 hrs b/f bedtime).

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:10 AM

It doesn't matter when you eat as long as you don't go over your calorie allowance, just eat when you are hungry.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:55 AM

I thought u do not count calories and if u do where can I figure how much calories should be eating to lose weight

3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

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on February 20, 2013
at 05:36 AM

You don't need to count calories, I only said that incase your goal was to lose weight - then calories are something you should worry about. But if you want to know how many calories are optimal search for BMR (basic metabolic rate) which is how many calories you use a day doing nothing.

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