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How much is it hurting my weight loss efforts to eat dinner late?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 29, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I realize that it would be optimal to eat dinner 3-4 hours before sleep, with zero carbs between dinner and bedtime. This is, most days, just not possible.

I work until 6, most days go to yoga from 7:30 to 8:45, home at 9 where dinner is usually sitting in the crockpot or portioned out in the fridge ready to heat up. I'm being very strict with my dinner; no fruit, no sugars, low GI veggies (with the occasional sweet potato as part of the mix). If I have a snack after, it's a handful of nuts or some carrot sticks. So dinner by 9:15, bed by 10 (been really good about getting 8 hours). Not optimal, right? What I really want to understand is what this is doing to my insulin response, glucose / glycogen replenishment while I sleep, and what effect it's having on my weight loss.

Thoughts?

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

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on June 30, 2011
at 12:59 PM

Coolies. I'm going to take this is my answer and do some more reading on his site today. I feel better not worrying so much about what time I eat... if I want to work out and do yoga (and I really really do - <3 me some yoga), then I am going to eat late most days. It'll be nice not to stress about it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 29, 2011
at 09:07 PM

@Scart Martin is a living example that his 'gospel' works: and he is not on 'paleo'!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 29, 2011
at 08:19 PM

but I still dont do it. I try to maximize fat burning in other fashions but there are a thousand and one different ways to skin that cat successfully.

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:58 PM

As long as you are not eating more as a result, it should have no effect. Your metabolism doesn't have an overnight magic fairy mode.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Martin knows his stuff. That site is referenced on paleohacks a large amount.

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:50 PM

This is an interesting read, but I have a tough time taking it as gospel. The studies referenced all seem to be short duration or small sample size. I'm gonna go read it a second time and follow all of the links in order, just to see what sort of science he may have used to reach these conclusions. Is Leangains a site that Paleo folk generally put stock in?

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I eat before I go to bed every night.

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Yep, it's about 0%.

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 29, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Read this: http://www.leangains.com/2011/06/is-late-night-eating-better-for-fat.html

Eating late at night is not going to stop you from losing weight. Eating more than you need is.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 29, 2011
at 09:07 PM

@Scart Martin is a living example that his 'gospel' works: and he is not on 'paleo'!

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

(134)

on June 30, 2011
at 12:59 PM

Coolies. I'm going to take this is my answer and do some more reading on his site today. I feel better not worrying so much about what time I eat... if I want to work out and do yoga (and I really really do - <3 me some yoga), then I am going to eat late most days. It'll be nice not to stress about it.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Martin knows his stuff. That site is referenced on paleohacks a large amount.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Yep, it's about 0%.

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

(134)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:50 PM

This is an interesting read, but I have a tough time taking it as gospel. The studies referenced all seem to be short duration or small sample size. I'm gonna go read it a second time and follow all of the links in order, just to see what sort of science he may have used to reach these conclusions. Is Leangains a site that Paleo folk generally put stock in?

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Eating late is fine. Macro composition at that meal doesn't matter either. That's all a myth. Numerous studies have shown no difference. If it matters I've ways eaten within one hour of going to bed.

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on June 29, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I want to believe the late-night eating thing is a myth, but my experience is that it does indeed stall any weight loss I've been having.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 29, 2011
at 08:18 PM

the only time it matter is if your leptin resistant. If your fit and sensitive I think eating later is fine.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:19 PM

but I still dont do it. I try to maximize fat burning in other fashions but there are a thousand and one different ways to skin that cat successfully.

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on June 29, 2011
at 08:01 PM

I eat a large sweet potato right before bed and right when I wake up in order to preserve muscle, and I haven't experienced any fat gain as a result.

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