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So I've recently lost 30 pounds through diet and lots of exercise (I still have a ways to go). A co-worker who noticed my loss asked me how I was losing the weight. She seemed impressed but added that I'd soon find that it's healthier not to eat after 6:00 every evening. I've heard from several other sources not to eat after a certain time in the evening. I'm not sure why she chose this particular time as the cut-off time. I don't even get home from work until 5:30 on a good day. There's no way I could have dinner made and be done eating by 6:00! I know it's true that you don't really need that many calories later in the day, but won't they get stored and processed the next day? I thought it was more a matter of more calories out than in and you'll lose weight. Does it really matter what time they're consumed? How many people follow a strict "cut off" time for eating?

Mon. Nov 13, 2:11pm

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I don't know the argument for the 6pm rule, but I do know that it takes your stomach ~3 hours to digest a meal so you shouldn't eat within 3 hours of your bedtime. Since my bedtime is 12:30am, and 9:30pm seems a bit late, I try to make my latest dinnertime 8pm and usually shoot for an hour earlier than that. If I eat too early, I get really hungry around 10-11pm and that would definitely be foolish, so 6pm doesn't work for me.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 2:22 PM

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to me, the whole idea of not eating past such-and-such a time is a bit too gimmicky. to avoid certain digestive discomforts, i try not to eat directly before going to sleep, but it's silly to pick a random time and give it some kind of importance. i agree with the op that calories in vs calories out is most important.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 2:22 PM

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I make a rule for myself to not eat after 8pm. I'm usually in bed between 11pm-1am and I HATE sleeping with food in my stomach. I wake up feeling really gross.
I know plenty of people though (mostly in the bodybuilder/fitness competitor areas) that eat right up 'til they go to bed with no problem--bear in mind what they eat is almost all protein.
I'd say do what feels best and works best for YOU. Everyone is different so what works for everyone will be different. :)

Monday, November 13, 2006, 3:09 PM

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I'm attempting to do this, but more in an attempt to avoid late night binging. Problem is, I have serious insomnia, and having something in your stomach before you go to sleep can help. Some foods do just the opposite though.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 3:22 PM

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I never go to bed hungry and don't really monitor what time I eat dinner. I have lost 4-5lbs per month for the last couple of months on PeerTrainer. I agree with calories in/calories out, but do what makes you comfortable.

Monday, November 13, 2006, 3:25 PM

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