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Old 03-03-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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eating dinner later in the evening?

hi everyone.

i had a question about eating later in the evening.

the situation is that i have work all day and don't get to head to CF until about 6pm at night. By the time all is said and done I'm home by 7:15-30pm. I walk my dog as she is home all day in the house and then need to cook dinner. I usually don't eat until close to 8pm if I whip up something quick or even 8:15-8:30pm.

Then I r&r for a bit and head to bed at around 10-10:30pm and do it all over again.

There isn't much time between when i finish eating and head to bed.

I've been told that this is probably not the best and that my body will store the undigested food as fat. Is this true?

Any suggestions on how to improve this? Or is this time frame suitable?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

I guess if it were true, I ought to be a fatty. YMMV. Do you notice you are putting on weight? If you aren't seeing negative sides, then roll with it.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

I'm a big believer in the 'what' rather than the 'when'. As long as you're eating clean and have a good pre/post workout meal you should be fine. Have you noticed any fat gains? I feel like that's your #1 indicator regardless of what we have to say..

Also have you considered throwing something it the oven or crockpot while at work/walking the dog to make meals more convenient for yourself?

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Old 03-04-2011, 03:54 AM   #4
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

Yep, I think this varies radically from person to person. I have noticed fat loss since I stopped eating after 8 (as a general rule, weekend dates and such) but that could be any number of things as I changed a bunch of stuff up at once. I'm currently IFing, and my eating window is 12-8, but I have another friend doing it and hers is 2-10 and she is very happy. of course she doesn't really have fat to lose.

Agree with quality being important obviously.

I think the biggest issue is just sleep quality. I know that I really need to be in bed by 10:30 at the latest and I probably wouldn't be able to fall asleep if I inhale 1000 calories at 10pm. BUT I also can't sleep well if I'm starving, hence why I'm loose with the 8pm window. If it's like, 8:20 and I'm just sitting down to eat, I don't sweat it. Otherwise the hunger pangs would keep me awake.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

From what I understand, eating too close to sleep adversely effects hgh release.

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Old 03-04-2011, 09:49 AM   #6
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

You're fine.

Your body doesn't stop digesting food just because you've gone to bed.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:43 AM   #7
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

Thats an old wives tale. Basically your metabolism will ramp up while you are sleeing to repair itself. Many people, including myself, eat someting at bedtime or in the middle of the night. I've been doing this for years and I am by no means fat.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:02 AM   #8
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

Yeah I dont believe that at all or I would be huge...and Im def not. In fact im underweight. I dont get home from work till 8 and hit the box at 8:15 some nights so I dont eat until 10.

The only thing that is bad for me with this routine is I suffer from heartburn/indigestion.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:08 AM   #9
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

I have the same problem on Tuesday and Thursday with Jiu Jitsu I don't get home til around 8. I have been steadily losing 1-2 pounds a week for the last month so I don't think the timing of my meals is a problem for me (I'm 5/11 219) - but everyone is different. I only eat meat and vegetables. I also drink psyllium about an hour before bed (and a protein shake about 20-30 mins later) in an attempt to feed my body protein while I'm sleeping. Seems to be working.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:30 AM   #10
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Re: eating dinner later in the evening?

Hands up for the slow cooker and a copy of not your mother's slow cooker cookbook. And your gonna eat like a king and have so much extra time on your hands that your going feel like you are in retirement.

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