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    Hi all,

    I've been considering going to one meal per day. I'm never hungry in the morning - in fact, if I try to eat in the morning I feel too full and sick. Since I really don't like preparing a big meal to bring to work, would it be okay to eat my full day's worth of food after work, about 2 hours before bed? or is this not a good idea?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Originally posted by SixteenDollars View Post
    Hi all,

    I've been considering going to one meal per day. I'm never hungry in the morning - in fact, if I try to eat in the morning I feel too full and sick. Since I really don't like preparing a big meal to bring to work, would it be okay to eat my full day's worth of food after work, about 2 hours before bed? or is this not a good idea?

    Thank you!
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    • #3
      there's no real issue with that at all. personally, i just don't like to jam in all those calories in one sitting, but there's no medical/health issues with doing so.

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      • #4
        i eat one meal and one snack a day. the snack is sardines just so i can get in some extra protein, but it's all within about 4-5 hours. i actually like it much more than eating twice a day which i did for a while. i don't get hungry, and i can put a lot of attention on making that one meal as amazing as possible.
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        • #5
          It's the way that works best for me~ give it a shot, see how you feel.

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          • #6
            Personally, I'll stick to 2 or 3 meals a day since it's what works for me, but I know others do well with one big meal or a big meal and a small snack. I'd just have trouble working a physically demanding job and exercising afterwards if I was only eating one meal a day. I'm sure I could probably adapt to it if i tried long enough, but I see absolutely no reason to try to.
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            • #7
              Thank you for the quick replies! I guess the main focus of my question is on whether on not eating so close to bed time is an issue. I only eat 50 grams of carbs or less per day, and in general circumstances I actually sleep better if I eat something before bed, but I'm just worried that eating so much before sleeping will make me gain weight.

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              • #8
                the eating close to bed = weight gain thing is a myth.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by SixteenDollars View Post
                  Thank you for the quick replies! I guess the main focus of my question is on whether on not eating so close to bed time is an issue. I only eat 50 grams of carbs or less per day, and in general circumstances I actually sleep better if I eat something before bed, but I'm just worried that eating so much before sleeping will make me gain weight.
                  i eat my big meal usually an hour or so before i go to bed. no issues.
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                  • #10
                    As of the past two weeks or so, my routine has been a bulletproof like (I say that because I flip between combos of Kerrygold, heavy whipping cream, and coconut oil) coffee in the morning, a smaller/snacky sort of lunch, and then a larger dinner. Flipping between larger lunch and dinner has been the only big variable and maybe some greek yogurt in the morning instead of greasing up the coffee. I've been enjoying it.

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                    • #11
                      I basically eat one meal a day. I will normally have something light when I first wake up, and then when I get back from school. Light meaning some yogurt, or some kind of fruit. I eat at around 7pm and in bed by 11pm.

                      I think it's a great idea for anyone who is looking for their mornings and afternoons to be very productive like myself. Time spent preparing and eating food can be spent sleeping longer, or more time preparing myself for school.

                      EDIT: I also prefer to drink and hydrate myself during the day, normally in the form of tea and mixing water with BCAA powder. I stop drinking fluids at dinner.
                      Last edited by Grixx; 03-21-2012, 10:39 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                        i eat one meal and one snack a day. the snack is sardines just so i can get in some extra protein, but it's all within about 4-5 hours. i actually like it much more than eating twice a day which i did for a while. i don't get hungry, and i can put a lot of attention on making that one meal as amazing as possible.
                        I'm pretty much at 2 (and sometimes 3 on the weekends b/c of difference in timing/social interactions) meals a day. If I ever were to try going to 1 meal, I'd probably have to do something similar to this b/c the thought of eating 150g protein, plus everything else I need for a good nutrient profile in one sitting seems pretty daunting.
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                        • #13
                          The only issue eating such a big meal before bed is you could make it harder to sleep. I know I sometimes have a hard time sleeping if there's a lot of gurgling and digesting going on. Sometimes it makes me really super hot, too. Probably not as big an issue when that meal is your main meal that you actually need vs just some big meal you overate.
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                          • #14
                            Your concern is weight gain? My only concerns would be too much weight loss or nutritional deficiencies. It's hard to eat 2000+ calories in one sitting. Moreover, ideally you want to eat a variety of meat and vegetables, which may be hard to accomplish in just one sitting. However, varying your meals day by day would probably be sufficient.

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                            • #15
                              I can only eat about 1200 calories per day. After that I'm full. I sit in front of a computer for 10 hours a day, so that's probably why I don't need too many calories. I'm kind of thinking now that I might try to eat a small breakfast, then eat the rest after work. I'm really just tired of cooking a meal and sticking it in the fridge for work. I like my meals hot and immediately after their cooked.

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