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Eating late at night

by 20 · August 08, 2011 at 02:43 PM

Is it bad to eat late at night? Specifically fruit. Answers would be greatly appreciated.

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3916 · August 08, 2011 at 06:53 AM

I don't know, but ever since I started eating paleo I don't feel the need to eat anything after dinner. Perhaps it's a sign that you are not eating enough earlier in the day if you are still hungry?

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20462 · August 08, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Not sure if you are on a losing or gaining path? If it helps, I'm gaining. I had trouble keeping weight on and maintaining a strong performance before and during CF, and discovered if I eat a nice snack before bed that it's helped me stay strong and keep the weight on. Cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts, berries, hard boiled egg, etc. Sleep is never affected, no weird dreams or anything. I also have a snack before CF 30 minutes prior to lifting those heavy weights. Too hot right now and I'm burning thru food too quickly.

On non-CF days I definitely have a snack before bed but only berries. It's just something nice :)

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144 · August 08, 2011 at 09:07 AM

I wouldn't obsess over fruit, personally.

But here is a study that found eating all carbs later in the day to be cool: http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/oby201148a.html

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19504 · August 08, 2011 at 06:53 AM

I try to avoid carbs close to sleeping. Your body does not need a lot of carbs and at night especially...

You might pour some heavy cream over them (exchange some fruit for cream). That would help or eat cottage cheese instead.

Also going to bed earlier (if possible) should help avoid cravings and have other benifits.

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8753 · August 08, 2011 at 02:43 PM

I've been traveling this last week and meals have been difficult for me, so i've been enjoying apples with walnuts at night and I'm actually down a few pounds!

I generally don't eat at night but since I wasn't eating well during the day either, I had to eat something! I also did not notice any gastro issues either. So something new to think about next time you need to eat late or add fruit!

Normally I would think eating fruit at night would cause me to put on some weight, maybe this still could be true if eating well during the day.....in that case I'm assuming I wouldnt want the fruit.

So, go with what you're body is asking for!!

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985 · August 08, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Eat when your hungry, that's no matter. If you're craving sweets that's really the problem, a blood sugar issue. Try bacon, avocado or coconut instead - fat is very satiating and it still feels like a "treat"

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