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  • Going to bed hungry = weight/fat-loss? True or false?

    I've always been told this. Is it true regardless of how many calories you ate?

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    Low insulin levels promotes fat metabolism regardless of the time of day.

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    • #3
      I think it's a good idea simply because you're not using up very much energy during the night. If you put energy into your body and then "hibernate", where do you think that energy is going to go? On top of that is the fact that sleep encourages satiety. There's some quote, I can't quite remember it and can't find it on google, but it's something like "sleep is as good as a banquet to a hungry man", and it's true. Go to bed hungry, you won't wake up hungry.

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      • #4
        But don't go to bed starving, or sleep will not come easily... In my experience at least. But +1 on the not waking up hungry part... Either way, I don't make a habit of it. I like to be on just about empty before I sleep, but not below. Anything else messes with my rest.

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        • #5
          I can never sleep if I go to bed hungry, so I have some low calorie soup before I go to sleep. Yes, it's no exciting but it has lots of vitamins and ensures that I can get a good night sleep.
          Last edited by Omni Blender; 04-26-2011, 01:29 AM.

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          • #6
            Damn it ... I just posted out a long reply and my computer crashed.

            Okay, so I'll try and summarise.

            First and most importantly, this is not scientific fact. This is my 2c. It could be completely wrong, and like everything else (believe it or not), I'm more than willing to stand corrected given some good evidence.

            Secondly, I'm certainly not suggesting anyone go to bed "starving". In fact, realisticly, none of us are going to literally do that. But I wouldn't even suggest going to bed "really hungry", just "not full" - like "I could happily eat right now", but not with a growling stomach and shaking with hunger.

            I strongly suspect that we, and our palaeolithic ancestors, are designed to a certain extent to be "lean, mean and hungry"; and yes, there is oodles of scientific evidence to support this hypothesis. I think that for those of us looking to get really lean, like < 15% bodyfat, we're going to have to accept that we're going to be slightly hungry sometimes. For more well-padded individuals, this probably doesn't apply; they can probably drop quite a lot of bodyfat on a relatively "normal" diet that doesn't involve much feelings of hunger at all (given that it's a healthy, low carb diet).

            My theory about going to be "a little bit hungry" can be summarised by 1) we're going to have to feel some hunger sometime; 2) why fill yourself with energy just when you're shutting down? Where do you think that energy will go? and 3) there's the added bonus that you don't wake up hungry. Once accustomed to it, it's easy to wake up and fast until mid-morning or lunch time if you want. The meal before bed really seems unnecessary.

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            • #7
              P.S. Tanya, I just realised something ... aren't you recovering for anorexia? All due respect, but this is the last thing that should be in your mind. You should eat whatever you like and listen to those who love you. Apologies if I've made some mistake.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sillysarah View Post
                But don't go to bed starving, or sleep will not come easily... In my experience at least. But +1 on the not waking up hungry part... Either way, I don't make a habit of it. I like to be on just about empty before I sleep, but not below. Anything else messes with my rest.
                I agree. A light snack before bed works best for me. I can never sleep on an empty stomach.
                Norak's Primal Journal:
                2010-07-23: ~255lbs, ~40.0"
                2011-11-03: ~230lbs, ~35.5"
                2011-12-07: ~220lbs, ~34.0"

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                • #9
                  I can't go to bed full - I hardly ever eat dinner.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by captaineight View Post
                    I think it's a good idea simply because you're not using up very much energy during the night. If you put energy into your body and then "hibernate", where do you think that energy is going to go? On top of that is the fact that sleep encourages satiety. There's some quote, I can't quite remember it and can't find it on google, but it's something like "sleep is as good as a banquet to a hungry man", and it's true. Go to bed hungry, you won't wake up hungry.
                    Yeah your body produces a natural appetite suppressant and doesn't allow for fat stores to accumulate if you get enough sleep. I find it so cool when I go to bed like with my belly rumbling and I wake up full!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by captaineight View Post
                      P.S. Tanya, I just realised something ... aren't you recovering for anorexia? All due respect, but this is the last thing that should be in your mind. You should eat whatever you like and listen to those who love you. Apologies if I've made some mistake.
                      I recovered from anorexia/bulimia almost 2 years ago, I'm losing some of the weight I piled up during recovery in a very healthy manner I already did the "eat whatever you like" stage. Don't worry, I have my boyfriend, mother, psychologist, and doctor all monitoring me, as well as my desire to stay healthy and live a LONG FULL LIFE! with LOTS of grandchildren!

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                      • #12
                        Good on you Tanya, I'm glad to hear it. As you probably read before, it's a subject very close to my own heart (was my little sister actually). Take care of yourself.

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                        • #13
                          I eat my biggest meal at dinner, sometimes my only meal for the day. I have no issues with losing fat or maintaining my weight. I believe that not eating before you go to bed as a way to lose weight is a myth, at least based on my experience.

                          However, I do eat about 2-3 hours before I go to bed. So, I am not eating my biggest meal, then going directly to sleep. I am full when I do go to bed

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                          • #14
                            I can't sleep with my belly rumbling so I keep a stash of olives in the fridge and I'll eat two or three and then I'm good!
                            Health is Wealth!

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