I am trying to get my eating habits under control. I wanted to know if you have a specific cut-off time that you stop eating food for the day. I drink a lot of water to try to curb the eating, but sometimes when i eat, i still feel full in the morning. I've heard not to eat at least two hours before bed. Does this work for you?
I try to stop eating by 8PM most days, but I honestly don't sweat it too much - I had dinner at 11:30 PM last night, and if my husband and I plan to eat together one night after he gets off work, that can mean dinner at 4 AM! For weight loss, it only matters how MUCH you eat, not when you eat, but I weigh myself every morning, so ideally I like to have some extra no-food hours before bed to give water weight a chance to pass through my system before that morning weigh-in!
I count calories, so I just stop when I am out of calories for the day. Sometimes that's 7:00- and a few times I have had something to eat at 10:30 right before bed. I really don't worry about the time as much as the quantity.
I am a true morning person. I am warmer in the morning, happier in the morning and hungrier in the morning. I guess I do a reverse of what most people do for intermittent fasting. I usually eat a big breafast, a big lunch and then a small dinner. I sometimes can make it till 6 pm for that dinner so I can eat with my family, but sometimes I just can't and finish eating for the day around 3:30 pm with a light dinner. I'm simply not hungry after dinner - even if I finish eating at 2:30 pm for the day, I'll be fine even if I stay up until midnight. It's weird, but it's how my body works. Today will be one of those days where I'm done eating for the day by 3 pm.
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I don't worry about what time it is either. I'm counting calories using MyFitnessPal. It has a feature that says "Complete this entry" which you hit after you've entered all of your calories for the day. It gives you a nice little message and projects what you might weigh in five weeks based on what you ate that day. I finish logging after dinner every day and once I've hit that button, the kitchen is closed for me.
I stop by 8 PM and usually before. I've found that for me I have to map out what I'm going to eat that day and stick to it. Otherwise, I'll snack on something healthy......a few carrots with some hummus, a stick of string cheese, a handful of grapes, an ounce or two of nuts. Before you know it, it's 11 and I've added another 300-500 calories to the day. I always hated the term grazing, but realized that it may be appropriate because I was beginning to take on the shape of a cow!
My family tries to eat dinner together every night so I usually try to have dinner ready no later than 6:30. I try very hard not to eat anything after that meal. Occassionally if my stomach is yelling at me I will eat a few raw vegetables to stop the grumbling.
After 30 years of denying this truth, I read the Biggest Loser book. The author states that it is best to stop eating after dinner. I do except about 6-7, I have a whey protein shake. This does seem to be working for me. I also fill myself up with herbal teas and water. I have a grant little electric tea pot that makes it easy.
According to the author you can count on burning fat X hours after you stop eating. The sooner you stop eating, the sooner you start burning fat.
If I can train myself to do it, it could be an easy win.
My personal favorite is this 76 calorie chili. Two cups of that on a starving day and I just had 150 calorie dinner! Cheese or sour cream can even make it more rich and you can still stay in a low calorie range