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    Don't eat after 4:00PM????

    Easy question.

    I heard, don't eat after 8:00PM

    Then I was told, to not eat after 4:00PM. (My friend seen great results with this)

    What should I do?

    Im 20 years old, 6'3, 300lbs. I want to get down to aprox 220-240. Please, let me know guys.


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    Why not eat that late? It is all a matter of what you eat and your caloric needs for the day. I go to bed at 11:30 and I am eating a cup of cottage cheese and either almonds or peanut butter on my way to my room. Eating after 4pm or even 8pm for that matter is fine.

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    You have to be sure that you can follow that advice. I don't eat after 7pm . It works for me.

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    there's another thread around here somewhere where i believe the bottom line was - it's really all about the number of calories you consume in a day -not necessarily when you consume them.. your body technically needs more calories in the early part of the day when you are more active...

    Not eating after 4:00pm soounds like it would be difficult, unless you go to bed at 6:00pm...

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    If your body uses up 2,500 calories a day, and you only consume 2,000 calories a day, you will lose weight, even if you consume all 2,000 calories in one meal at 10 pm. If your body uses 2,000 calories a day, and you consume 2,500 calories a day, you will gain weight, even if you eat 5 small meals of 500 calories each, and never after 4 pm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomO View Post
    If your body uses up 2,500 calories a day, and you only consume 2,000 calories a day, you will lose weight, even if you consume all 2,000 calories in one meal at 10 pm. If your body uses 2,000 calories a day, and you consume 2,500 calories a day, you will gain weight, even if you eat 5 small meals of 500 calories each, and never after 4 pm.
    Nail on the head. If you are in an energy deficit, how to you expect your body to add tissue, fat or muscle?

    Hint: It won't.

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    I might add that the reason these gimmicks work sometimes is that people have bad eating habits that occur after dinner. For example, some years ago, my wife and I would each have a bowl of ice cream around 9 pm. When we made a resolution to stop eating anything after 7pm, we lost some weight. It had nothing to do with not eating after 7pm; it had everything to do with not consuming 400 calories of ice cream per day.

    Good video on this:
    Eat and Go To Bed
    Last edited by TomO; February 16th, 2007 at 09:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomO View Post
    I might add that the reason these gimmicks work sometimes is that people have bad eating habits that occur after dinner. For example, some years ago, my wife and I would each have a bowl of ice cream around 9 pm. When we made a resolution to stop eating anything after 7pm, we lost some weight. It had nothing to do with not eating after 7pm; it had everything to do with not consuming 400 calories of ice cream per day.

    Good video on this:
    Eat and Go To Bed
    Tom, where did you come from? I like the way you think, need more people like you around here promoting solid info.

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    Steve,
    Thanks. I'm an old fart (58), and have had struggles with weight all my life -- which means I've fallen for every fad and trick in the book. I started with a book called "Calories Don't Count!", which was published decades ago. I've failed so many times I almost had given up. I hate all these fads and the people who grow rich off people like me who fall for them.

    I generally gravitate toward people and programs that are, to the best of my knowledge, grounded in solid science and not based on "magic tricks." That's why I like the videos from Steve Turano. It's a no BS approach to getting healthy -- no gimmicks, just hard work.

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    There is nothing wrong with eatiing past 8:00 it's actually best to eat many small meals (6-8) a day to keep metabolism up.

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    I think the reason people say not to eat after a certain time at night is because most will want to eat unhealthy food at this particular time. You have most likely already eaten dinner, and had a long day of work, and just want to plop yourself down in front of the tv with a bag of fritos! I suggest first, not buying any of the stuff, and second if you are going to eat later in the evening watch what you are eating! If it is healthy it is most likely not going to hurt you unless you've exceeded your daily caloric intake by a mile!

    Jaclyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by americanwit View Post
    There is nothing wrong with eatiing past 8:00 it's actually best to eat many small meals (6-8) a day to keep metabolism up.
    Scientific evidence would suggest otherwise.

    Folklore would agree.


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    Also, after 8pm is the time of the day where you're least likely to be active...most people either sit in front of the computer to check their emails, stretch their feet in front of the TV to rest up from a hard day at work, or take a bubble bath and relax in the tub...etc etc etc. Whereas if you eat in the morning, you're most likely going to burn off whatever you ate by the end of the day. That's why when I'm really craving sweets, I eat a piece of chocolate in the morning

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    I try to NOT eat after 9pm as I get home from school/work at around 7-8ish and I eat dinner there

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsaiki View Post
    Also, after 8pm is the time of the day where you're least likely to be active...most people either sit in front of the computer to check their emails, stretch their feet in front of the TV to rest up from a hard day at work, or take a bubble bath and relax in the tub...etc etc etc. Whereas if you eat in the morning, you're most likely going to burn off whatever you ate by the end of the day. That's why when I'm really craving sweets, I eat a piece of chocolate in the morning
    Logically this makes sense. However, it does not work like this. Theoretically, and I am def. not suggeting anyone does this, but let's suppose your maintenance level is 2500 calories.

    You don't gain or lose eating 2500.

    Now, let's suppose you eat 2000 calories in one sitting each and every day, right before bedtime.

    Guess what. You are not going to gain weight. You are still in a net deficit. Your body can't make something out of nothing.

    Is this optimal for nutrient utilization? Of course not.

    But eating late at night does not make you fat.

    Eating too many calories, no matter when you do it, makes you fat.

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