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Should You Eat Before Bedtime?

Eating before bed is such a controversial issue in the health and fitness industry.

Some people say in order to lose weight, you have to stop eating by a certain time while others claim that in order to effectively lose fat, you have to eat before bed (don't you just love weight loss controversy?).

What I will share today is my firsthand experience with real world results and the methods that have worked for myself and my clients. I am not claiming that one method is right and the other is wrong. What I hope to do is give you some viable options to use on yourself and see what your body responds to best.

The reason for the above "disclaimer" is that what I have learned SO clearly over the past 13 years of being a nutritionist is that every person is different, and learning what works best for YOU is something that will help you maintain a lean, tone body and healthy habits long term.

Late Night Snack

Now, back to the matter at hand...

To eat or not to eat before bed — THAT is the question.

My "rule" for night time eating has always been to encourage clients and readers to stop all eating 2-3 hours before bed. This rule would always accomplish 2 things.

#1 - People would just naturally eat less. Why? Because most people do a good amount of eating after dinner while just "hanging out"...not because they were hungry, but (in most cases) because they were bored. Giving people a cutoff time eliminated a lot of mindless snacking.

#2 - People would be more inclined to eat a wholesome, well-rounded dinner that included a healthy amount of protein and good fats to make sure they were not hungry later on. Knowing they were not going to be able to just grab "something" (i.e. snacking) after dinner, made them eat more protein and fat at dinner that would keep them satisfied longer.

Kids in PJs

It was always my own personal rule to stop eating after dinner. My husband and I always ate dinner by 6:30pm, and I am usually in bed by 9:30pm, so this always worked well for me...UNTIL...

(insert scary music)

the kids arrived. (Oh those kiddos have such a way of changing your entire life, don't they?)

Now, we have to eat dinner by 5:30pm in order to do baths, book time, and then bed time by 8pm. the first few nights we started the early eating schedule I noticed I was going to bed hungry. I absolutely can't sleep if I'm hungry, so I started having a little something around 8pm after the kids went to sleep.

If you find yourself in a similar situation (a little hungry before bed), here are some food suggestions for snacking close to bedtime.

1. Do NOT have a carbohydrate-rich snack. When you ingest carbohydrates, your body releases insulin to control your blood sugar. Insulin is a fat STORING hormone and not something you want abundantly flowing through your system before bed.

2. Eat protein with a little bit of fat before bed. Protein and fat keep you satisfied longer and will not release a huge amount of insulin in your body. As a matter of fact, it will release the opposing hormone, glucagon, which is a fat BURNING hormone.

Categories

  1. Healthy Eating   
       8 posts
  1. Balance   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       2 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       2 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       1 posts
  1. Parenting   
       1 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       1 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       1 posts

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