Post # 1
I have always heard that it is bad to eat late at night becuase it eventually just makes you gain more weight. However, I just heard on the radio the other night that whole thing is just a wive’s tale.
Well, whenever I stay up late (like right now, it’s 11pm my time), I get starving. I haven’t eaten since 5pm, and I just want to walk into the kitchen and make nachos.
Do you guys eat late at night? Do you eat junk food? What do you know about eating late and its effect on your weight gain?
P.S. I am posting this on the pregnancy board but I guess I am talking to everyone.
Post # 3
I am! 🙂 No- I mean, right now, I am up late and I just ate some ice cream :/ though I don’t yet know if I am pregnant. I get tired, and then that makes me want to eat more. Insomnia= eating! I don’t think it matters too much if you do it before bed, though I am sure it is not ideal. It slows your metabolism to go to bed after eating, but I think it depends on your total caloric intake for the day mainly…
Post # 4
well i ate a really big dinner (burger..ugh) at 5, and haven’t eaten since! I am dying for some greasy food. ever since I have been pregnant I have craved the craziest foods…foods that are terrible for me!
Post # 5
I have to eat in the middle of the night or I feel sick. My body wakes me up to eat around 1am and then again around 6/7am. I don’t think it would be terribly bad for me or the baby… I mean, the baby is what wants me to eat! Just as long as it’s healthy foods and you’re doing light exercise I don’t see the harm. That’s all I’m doing. And I suppose it’s the same if you’re pregnant or not. As long as it’s healthy, I don’t see any issues. =)
Post # 6
I know that if you stay up really really late, like 2am, there is a natural cycle in the body where your temperature will go down and you will feel hungry.
I guess it’s all about how many calories you eat in 24 hours vs how much you burn.
I’ve avoided late eating for most of my life. I don’t know how you are managing to stay up so late while pregnant! After dinner i’ve got about a 1-2 hour window and then I’m out like a light!
However, I might need to change my eating system, as I’m used to doing a big dinner and that’s it. Last night I ate my dinner, and then I was whining because it felt like my stomach was going to burst….running out of stomach room I guess….it was actually making my ribs hurt! Time to maybe split my dinner in two and eat half later. So, I might end up being a late night eater in the end!
Post # 7
@Misfit: Has this only ever happened to you while pregnant? I ask because there is a theory that low cortisol is what makes people wake up suddenly in the night, wide awake, and it’s usually because they hadn’t eaten anything since dinner many, many hours before. I have this problem (I am not pregnant), but it helps to eat a quick snack right before bed, like a cheese stick, or hard boiled egg.
Of course, since you are pregnant, I think it’s awesome you are getting extra nutrients in for the baby when you need to. But for me, it’s a pain to not sleep through the night!
@MissDareDevil: I honestly think it’s fine to eat right before bed, especially if you are pregnant, and you’re hungry. 6 hours is a long time to go without food! I don’t know about the nachos though… 😉
Post # 8
I try to eat something right before I go to bed, otherwise I’ll wake up at 3am absolutely starving (only during pregnancy though). And I try to go with something semi-not-bad-for-me (notice I didn’t say “healthy”!). Like last night I had a cinnamon raisin bagel with peanut butter at 8pm. Then went to bed at 8:30 (so I’m already not a night owl like you).
Post # 9
@cvbee: Same thing is happening to me. After I eat a big dinner I feel like I am going to BURST. Not because i am so full. but becasue it doesn’t feel like my body/skin can accomodate my insides. Its hard to explain, but you know what I mean. it is SO uncomfortable.
Post # 10
Since I’m actively trying to put on weight with a twin pregnancy, I’ve added a bowl of cereal or a bowl of ice cream almost every night within the hour before I go to bed. I don’t know that it’s made me gain weight in and of itself, but the dairy before bed seems to help me sleep better and not wake up hungry.
Post # 11
While pregnant, if I eat dinner any earlier than 7, I’m hungry again by 10. But, these days I eat dinner around 8:30 so don’t get hungry before bed (10). But, I usually have a little dessert anyways (ice cream…) because why not?
Also, I’m with others that as the second trimester has progressed, I feel kind of terrible after big meals (esp. lunch) so really try to have smaller meals.
Post # 12
I think pregnancy changes all of the rules. Prior to getting pregnant, I really only ate dinner and lived on coffee for the rest of it (bad I know). I never got the feeling of hunger, and there were days where I would forget to eat.
Now I get hungry all of the time. Like others have mentioned, I can’t eat big meals anymore or I will throw up. So now I eat about half of what I would eat at a meal, and then 2 hours later, eat the other half. I don’t care about the time at all. If I’m hunry I eat!
Post # 13
In general I dont think it is an old wives tale. Your body takes time to digest food and this process slows when you sleep. So if you eat close to your bed time your metabolism is slower and you do gain more weight. However when you are pregnant thats totally different I think you have a free pass to eat whenver you want, but I personally cant eat to close to my bed time because i get heartburn.
Post # 14
I’m sorry but I think a huge part of the Chinese population debunks that theory! hahha When I was younger dinner was always around 8-900pm. That’s just what time my mom got home from work.
That being said my husband is used to eating more “American” dinner hours so we typically eat dinner around 700pm. And during pregnancy I almost always have a fruit/snack around 900pm if not even later.
ETA: The uncomfortableness after eating comes and goes! Some weeks I can eat a huge meal and be totally OK. Others not so much. 🙁
Post # 15
@regberadaisy: But i think other ethnicities like asian/ african, eat much healthier, fresher and organic foods than we eat here in america and that means they can get away with eating later and even eating more than we do and still not gain as much weight