Can you lose weight if you eat late at night? I always eat good portions during the day but then I have a relatively good sized dinner and then kind of a second dinner around 9:30 b/c I'm so hungry.
Will I lose weight, and how can I stop eating so much that late? (I'm not eating breads, dairy, etc).
It could be habit, but I really feel hungry. I'm 5'2, 140 pound female, working out 2-3 times a week. Do I have any chance of losing weight?
Lara, welcome to PaleoHacks. There's one thing I should let you know about how things work around here: we poo-poo on conventional wisdom. So you know those thoughts you're having about how eating late at night will automatically lead to fat storage? It's not true.
Your body has no idea what time it is. It'll digest food normally at say, midnight, the same way it does at 8 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. The same principles apply here: don't go overboard in eating and get some physical activity in throughout the day. If you're really truly hungry, then eat. I suggest keeping track of your calories.
I would wonder if you shouldn't be going to bed earlier.
I tend to find I'm hungry for an early dinner, eat well, then have a few hours of being full, totally content, and eventually ready for bed (my body naturally winding down, I guess, with circadian rhythms; I usually try to get to bed before 10:00pm-- it depends on the season and daylight hours/weather). If, however, I don't go to bed when my body wants me to, my body seems to decide that something's wrong, and starts sending me signals that I need to eat again if I'm going to be staying up all night. Of course, if I do eat again, it makes sleeping harder, so it's all a vicious cycle.
My solution is to get up early (with the light-- usually wake up naturally with the light) go to bed early (with the light or when my body tells me to), and I find that if I stick with that the late-night cravings go away-- because if your body's in sync with itself, and it knows it's about to go to sleep, it won't start telling you to stuff yourself. It'll only do that if it thinks you're staying awake longer than you should, meaning you need additional energy.
If you want to avoid feeling hungry later in the evening, you need to pay attention to what you eat and NOT the calories (!)
Dinner should be VLC - it's CHO that makes you hungry. Timing dinner could also be helpful - about 4hrs before the time you calculate you would actually be drifting off I would suggest.
Last word - don't get hunger-phobic - my personal experience is that I sleep best when I go to bed feeling a little hungry.
Well eating late is no good if you raise insulin. About 1-2 hours into your sleep the body releases the highest amout of growt hormone. And GH is the most fatburning hormone you have. So it's true you shoulf not eat for 2 hours before you ho to bed. But eating food that doesent raise insulin wont disturb the HGH release the same way. So if I get really hungry late I have 2 tsp of coconut oil with a little almond butter on top. Takes hunger away, don't fill up the stomach and does not raise the insulin.