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Has anyone lost any weight by solely not eating before bedtime?

post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
Someone mentioned that that's all he changed and he lost 30 lbs within a year. Just wondering if this is just a freak occurrence or if people have actually lost weight with this slight change.
post #2 of 43
I have, Your bodys metabolism slows as the day goes on, so at night time it will be at its slowest and as you sleep your body is trying to rest so it wont break down the food as well or as fast, you deffinately weigh less if you dont eat before bed carbs arent to good before bed, they are the worst to break down. I heard you should eat breakfast like a king (when your metabolism is fastest) lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper. try it and see
post #3 of 43
not eating before bedtime helped me a lot. i lost about 10 pounds and have kept it off. of course, i used to eat a lot in the evening.
post #4 of 43
eating less = weighing less
post #5 of 43
A calorie is a calorie, an icecream sundae is as bad for you at 6am as it is at 6pm. However, if you eat earlier in the day, your body has time to digest and burn the calories through your normal daily activities. If you eat late at night and then go to bed, your body stores the energy (which turns to fat).
post #6 of 43
It make a MASSIVE difference...

drop me a pm if you want some info, as I am on my way out of the house right now...
post #7 of 43
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Originally Posted by lorna17 View Post
I have, Your bodys metabolism slows as the day goes on, so at night time it will be at its slowest and as you sleep your body is trying to rest so it wont break down the food as well or as fast, you deffinately weigh less if you dont eat before bed carbs arent to good before bed, they are the worst to break down. I heard you should eat breakfast like a king (when your metabolism is fastest) lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper. try it and see
Yes! I eat more calories at breakfast than "almost" any other meal...I try to eat a lot of protein in the morning. I was going through a phase last month where I fell off of the wagon and starting snacking at night and I started to gain right away! I stopped and it right off.

I am pretty sure that I read there was a study that said something about eating something like 500 calories in the morning (not crap of course...proteins, whole grains, etc)...and people lost weight, didn't have the hunger cravings during the day, and felt better.
post #8 of 43
I need to go on a stop getting stoned and eating tons of food from 9-1 every night diet, thats for damn sure. I definitely notice the recent weight gain since I stopped working out as much and eat more at night.
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Im on an aggressive work out routine and have been cutting out food before bed for about 2 weeks now, and I am noticing a huge difference already! I work a 1-9 shift so I find my dinner is usually right when I get home. Now Im having my dinner around my 6pm supper break and not touching anything when I get home, except some water and maybe a couple crackers.

It makes a difference for sure, try it!
post #10 of 43
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Originally Posted by tmthit View Post
Yes! I eat more calories at breakfast than "almost" any other meal...I try to eat a lot of protein in the morning. I was going through a phase last month where I fell off of the wagon and starting snacking at night and I started to gain right away! I stopped and it right off.

I am pretty sure that I read there was a study that said something about eating something like 500 calories in the morning (not crap of course...proteins, whole grains, etc)...and people lost weight, didn't have the hunger cravings during the day, and felt better.
The above info is fantastic. It is shown that when people dont eat roughly a 500 calorie breakfast, that their body goes into " starvation mode" ( for lack of a better term) and begins to hoard lots of the days calories as fat and water, thinking it will be a length of time before it eats again.

Eating a good healthy breakfast kick starts your metabolism and burns fat.

Oatmeal for example, is a great breakfast food, simply for the fact that it takes so damn long to digest, you are left with a more stable feeling of energy ( instead of major highs and major lows from sugar based cereals ect) and your food/snacking cravings diminish majorly between breakfast and dinner.

If you eat late at night, your body will not process what you are eating properly.

Carbs are generaly used as the #1 source of energy in your body, so if you eat large amounts before you go to sleep, it doesnt get burned off as energy because at that time you are sitting on your ass.

So it goes to storage ( water retention and fat stores) Your bodies metabolism slows down significantly at bedtime, so trying to avoid all carbs roughly 2.5 - 3 hours before bed is a great way too loose weight.
post #11 of 43
Thread Starter 
Excellent information guys! Thanks for the confirmation on the fact that timing does make a difference and apparently it has from many of you. I didn't realize that it made that big of a difference though, but now that you all mention it, it makes sense.

I used to never eat breakfast and I found that I ended up binging later on in the day. When I started med school I decided to learn to be healthy so to eventually be a proper example to my patients in the future (I hate it when I hear people complain that their doctor told them they need to lost weight and exercise when the doctors were in fact even more so overweight). It's hard when I'm pulling late nights cramming and don't really have a regular schedule though

Oh, and thanks for that tid bit about oatmeal, CUTUP. My father has been trying to get me into oatmeal for the last couple of years stating that it's healthy for you etc. etc. Being the natural rebellious daughter I am, obviously I ignore anything my father says...even if at times it is credible.

I believe I've really got to change my eating habits and this is one option I will look into. I like the King/Queen/Pauper association, Lorna. My dad said it was quite clever. I never really had to deal with diet and tracking my food intake and etc. etc. because I was never THAT worried about my weight, but as my metabolism is slowing (with age) and my recent need for jeans the next size or two up are factors coming into play, that's a reminder that I need to be healthier and more responsible about my diet.

Last question - how many hours before bed time do you stop eating (for those of you who've found you've lost weight)? I've heard 2 hours, but I'm just curious others do.
post #12 of 43
Good advice...i get home from work at 11 p.m. and I am usually starving for a quick fix. I have heard not to eat before bedtime, but i was not aware it made a big difference in losing weight. I am also curious how many hours before bedtime should I stop eating.
post #13 of 43
mr. cutup, there is advice circulated among the bodybuilding world that one should consume some slow digesting protein, e.g. casein, right before bedtime. what are your thoughts on this, mr. cutup
post #14 of 43
CUTUP what should i eat in the mornings? milk makes me sick so early and i cant stand soya, i have a very weak digestive system so oatmeal/porridge gives me severe stomach cramps, I get stuck with breakfast so sometimes miss out or just eat a bowl or scrambled egg
post #15 of 43
breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! woohoo, pancakes, eggs and more eggs, cinnamon toast crunch, french toast, and SAUSAGES! SAUSAGES! WHO DOESN'T LIKE SAUSAGES
post #16 of 43
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mr. cutup, there is advice circulated among the bodybuilding world that one should consume some slow digesting protein, e.g. casein, right before bedtime. what are your thoughts on this, mr. cutup
It does make a difference. Egg protein for example has a very slow distribution rate, making it a perfect shake before bed. It spreads the protein out over 6 hours or so, which in turn helps growth ( most if not almost all growth is done during sleep)

I dont bother with this, as I take in major grams of protein daily, but it is a good idea to do as a general rule. I just take a whey shake mixed with peanut butter for example, which will slow down the absorbtion of the whey slightly.

Whey protein for example, will be absorbed in around 20 minutes if it is a high grade whey isolate. Whey concentrate will be more like 45 minutes to an hour to fully absorb.
post #17 of 43
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Originally Posted by lorna17 View Post
CUTUP what should i eat in the mornings? milk makes me sick so early and i cant stand soya, i have a very weak digestive system so oatmeal/porridge gives me severe stomach cramps, I get stuck with breakfast so sometimes miss out or just eat a bowl or scrambled egg
Have you tried even watered down oatmeal? You can also make it with water if you are adverse to using milk.

A plain wheat cereal and a cup of tea may be perfect for you. Tea has many nutrients ( herbal, especially green tea) and many of the plain wheat cereals like shredded wheat have no preservatives or unneeded additives, should be very easy on your stomach.

Having some eggs every morning ( as long as they arent cooked in oil) is a great way to get in extra protein.
post #18 of 43
good stuff!!I'm going to try this too. Doesn't Oprah stop eating at like 7 or 8? (obviously I buy too many smut mags). What is the best time to stop?
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by snowwhite View Post
Last question - how many hours before bed time do you stop eating (for those of you who've found you've lost weight)? I've heard 2 hours, but I'm just curious others do.
That depends on how hard you want to go with your eating habits. I would reccamend 1.5 hours or so to start, and gradually work your way towards 3 hours.

If you try and go too fast, you will more then likely binge eat due to carb cravings, and binging on a weekend for example, can undo all of your hard work that you accomplished throughout the entire week.
post #20 of 43
I dont cook anything in oil lol I cant stand it, i normaly boil eggs or scramble them on their own. What would i have the cereal with if i dont have milk or soya? cause i think with water that would taste awful haha. Can i pm you actualy?
post #21 of 43
Thread Starter 
Ok, so I've tried eating less in the evenings and more in the mornings for the past couple of days now and it's soooo hard. I am just not hungry in the mornings and at night I really feel like downing sodas and I get cravings for certain things (especially chocolate). This is going to be a hard change to make.
post #22 of 43
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Originally Posted by snowwhite View Post
Ok, so I've tried eating less in the evenings and more in the mornings for the past couple of days now and it's soooo hard. I am just not hungry in the mornings and at night I really feel like downing sodas and I get cravings for certain things (especially chocolate). This is going to be a hard change to make.

Give it a month or so to adjust, you dont need to go crazy and stuff your face, start out with very small meals and add to them over time.

And getting massive carb cravings at night is something that happens to everyone, star out slow. Maybe allow yourself a snack that has no more then 20 grams of carbs and then go downwards from there.

And Lorna, I will get back to your pm tonight..
post #23 of 43
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Originally Posted by lorna17 View Post
I dont cook anything in oil lol I cant stand it, i normaly boil eggs or scramble them on their own. What would i have the cereal with if i dont have milk or soya? cause i think with water that would taste awful haha. Can i pm you actualy?
Have you tried almond or rice milk?
post #24 of 43
i've found that eating breakfast is pretty key. i find that whenever i hve my usual oatmeal, i am less hungry in the afternoon.

i really need to try and eat earlier though. yeesh.
post #25 of 43
^ i totally agree


i try to keep my weight at a nice number i eat a huge ass breakfast even if i'm not hungry i make myself eat toast and cereal or just something it gets ur metabolism going for the day and i eat a smaller dinner i never skip a mean that and i've totally cut out fast food from my diet which proved difficult at first but it's def very easy now i dont even think about it til someone says want a burger and it's like hmmm no thx

my weights pretty steady between 110-118 lbs
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