View Full Version : Cals before bed

02-21-2003, 12:26 AM
How many cals do you usually eat before hitting the sack and how long do you wait. Just looking for opinions!

02-21-2003, 01:24 AM
as much as I can =(

02-21-2003, 02:56 AM
I'm going to bed in about 5 minutes and I just finished a bowl of chocolate/PB protien pudding. 500 calories 55P, 13C, 25F. I'm gaining right now. If I were cutting I would have had a shake with a little less fat.

02-21-2003, 08:29 AM
I try to keep it at or under 200cals while cutting or maintaining. I eat that right before I lay down and have usually eaten 1-2 hrs before as well.

02-21-2003, 11:27 PM
Doesn't eating that many cals b4 bed just turn in to fat?

02-22-2003, 12:05 AM
Originally posted by Ti1301
Doesn't eating that many cals b4 bed just turn in to fat?

No. Your body processes food the same way during the day and at night. The body does not suddenly convert everything to fat after a certain time. What is more important is the total amount of food you consume and how much energy you expend. Exess calories are stored as fat whether they are eaten in the morning, afternoon, or night. However, late night eating may be troublesome for dieters because they are more likely to eat junk food.

My busy schedule forces me to workout at night, so I tend to eat a large meal of about 700 calories after my workout, about one hour before I sleep. While following this schedule I have maintained a body fat near 5%.

02-22-2003, 04:42 AM
I agree with aka23. I just eat a regular meal before going to bed which is usually about 500-600 cals. The only problem I see with eating a large meal before bed is if it interferes with your sleep. Although for my last meal I usually just have protein/fats and carbs from fibrous veggies, and this seems to keep me satisfied throughout the night.

03-14-2003, 12:06 PM
At least have a protein rich snack/shake before bed. A meal is definitely better, though.

03-14-2003, 12:13 PM
I usually eat a tub of cottage cheese and a Tbps of flax oil (so about 570 cals) half an hour or so before bed.

03-14-2003, 04:24 PM
I don't know why, but I always want to be hungry for breakfast :confused:

03-14-2003, 06:58 PM
After a good night's sleep (8+ hours) you'd think you'd be hungry no matter what you ate before bed.

03-14-2003, 09:00 PM
I usually have 1/2 tub of cottage cheese while I am reading a magazine or book to unwind. So thats what, 200 kCal, and there is more or less no time elapsed after eating until I am in bed. Basically enough time to get up and brush the cottage cheese breath out of my mouth and waddle back to bed.