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    Eating at night

    I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I'd like to hear what you all think:

    I've found, through IF, that I do very well eating one large meal at night (usually between 7:00pm and 8:00pm) and nothing else during the day (no breakfast, lunch, or snacks). Is there anything wrong with eating a large meal at night, somewhat close to bedtime? Will it adversely affect my weight loss attempt, or slow down my metabolism, etc., etc.?

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    No, it shouldn't. To the body, metabolizing your food is all one big long process regardless of whether or not you're sleeping or awake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebekah View Post
    I apologize if this question has been asked before, but I'd like to hear what you all think:

    I've found, through IF, that I do very well eating one large meal at night (usually between 7:00pm and 8:00pm) and nothing else during the day (no breakfast, lunch, or snacks). Is there anything wrong with eating a large meal at night, somewhat close to bedtime? Will it adversely affect my weight loss attempt, or slow down my metabolism, etc., etc.?

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    I do this every night. No problem at all - how late or early you eat has no effect on your weight loss...

    That myth exists because people tend to eat dinner and then have a snack before bed. Those snacks add up.

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    If it works for you, then don't worry about it. If it was slowing down your metabolism, you'd know.

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    Sounds good to me too. I try to eat an hour or so before bed time, but I'm doing the same thing these days.

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    I dont understand why conventional wisdom thinks our bodies adhere to a 'fat storing clock' lol like my body is like "ooo its 7pm, time to start storing whatever comes in here" never made sense to me. I sometimes have my largest meal at night, sometimes in the morning...it has never affected my body composition, rather what is IN the meals does. CW makes me *facepalm* so much my head hurts

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    Rebekah, that's pretty much my own IF protocol and I follow it every other day. It's been great for weight loss/muscle gain and I always have fantastic workouts the next day. So please, carry on

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    The only caveat I would bring up would be the chance that all that digestion and absorption might interrupt the sleep cycle. If I were you I would make it a little earlier, but that's just me. I don't have studies, but based on what hormones are released and the caloric expenditure and so on from digestion and absorption would lead me to believe it might not be a wise choice so late.

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