Has anyone lost weight from not eating after 6/7PM??

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
3712 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It probably depends on what your current habits are. If you find yourself eating desserts and snacks while watching t.v. after dinner then yes, you can lose weight by no longer doing that because you’re consuming fewer calories. If you’re not much of an evening snacker as it is it probably won’t make much of a difference.

Post # 3
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

CICO. That’s it. If you consume more calories than you expend, you will gain weight. If you expend more than you consume, then you will lose weight. When you eat doesn’t matter, it only matters how much you eat. Eat less the entire day and you won’t have to worry about stopping eating at any particular time.

Post # 4
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I think it needs to be what works for you. My lifestyle could never work with that. I love being active and I eat dinner late (like 8) due to work schedule. I practice intermittent fasting basically after dinner I don’t eat for 16 hours. So really all it is is skipping breakfast and eating my first meal around 12 or 1. I like it since I am never hungry until then and don’t care for breakfast. I also enjoy working out. Sit ups are not that great of an excercise. You would be better off starting each morning with 20 burpees since they are a total body move and help your aerobic system. Basically you need to burn more calories than you take in. That is really all there is. Yes, sodium will cause you to bloat. However, I can eat chick-fil-a and not gain weight since I have an overall calorie deficit from working out and eating normal 80% of the time. 

If you are esying calorie dense food multiple times a day then yes you will gain weight but time does not truly matter. I will say most people crave dessert type foods at night which can cause problems with calorie count. A great app is myfitnesspal helps track food and activity.

Post # 5
2403 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have a friend who lost 50 lbs doing this. Since the majority of her calories were consumed after work, in the evenings, this definitely worked for her. 

Post # 6
4220 posts
Honey bee

sandra12345 :  I hear about this regularly since I was kid up to now but never tried it myself. Due to my schedule, I normally eat dinner around 8pm-8:30pm but I also don’t go to sleep until 4 hours after that. My uncle recently lost a ton of weight and everyone kept asking what he did. He said all he did differently was he started power walking on the treadmill for about an hour after work. And always one meal of the day (usually dinner) he ate only green salads With chicken or fish, no carbs. The other two meals, he still ate carbs but in moderate portions only.

I remember seeing this lady on TV who also lost a lot of weight because she ate in reverse-basically, ate dinner food for breakfast, lunch was the same but lesser quantity before she dieted then smaller portion of  breakfast food for dinner. Not saying you should do it but look it up if you’re interested to read. I forgot her name but she went from like size 18 to size 8.

Post # 7
68 posts
Worker bee

yes. this is just how my body works. it’s always been this way, but it works for me. every body is different though. 

Post # 8
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

FutureMrsBex :  This is exactly what I was going to say.

It’s about how much it impacts your total calorie intake, not actually about the time of day when you eat.

Post # 9
1661 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Just eat less overall. It works for me 🙂 

I don’t really eat much unless I’m really hungry during the day and at night I have meat and veg. 

No carbs or sugar normally. Drink tea and coffee black and drink loads of water. 

For example yesterday I had an apple and black coffee for breakfast, balsamic vegetable bake for lunch then a chicken and mixed veg stir-fry. Easy meals and healthy. 

I used to be super chubs but I’ve lost 20 lbs (I’m very short so shows more)  in the last year and kept it off the healthy way

Post # 10
9595 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

its not as simple as calories in/out, really. The source of calories matters- carbs and sugars spike your glucose levels and you secrete the fat-storing hormone insulin. Someone eating 2000 calories a day of white bread vs 2000 calories a day of lean protein and veggies… would have wildly different results. 

ANYWAY, your metabolism slows at night and as you sleep. Some people are also habitual snackers at night and pack a lot of calories in (and probably not the best sort of calories). So try to structure your meals as light breakfast, big healthy filling lunch, light (early) dinner IMO, then cut yourself off and drink water and herbal tea. Food is fuel, and you likely dont need any if youre just sleeping and not working a night shift or something!

Post # 11
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

PP said exactly what I was going to say. I heard it’s not good to snack late at night because your metabolism slows down when you go to sleep so the calories are mostly stored instead of burned. I’m no fitness expert but that’s what I heard.

Post # 12
5765 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I am very petite and eat mostly after 6pm so it’s not about what time you eat it’s about how much you eat.


Post # 13
3890 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

MrsBuesleBee :  Absolutely this!

OP, I usually eat a big breakfast (this is the only time I’ll have starches like potatoes, always with protein), big lunch of veggies, protein, and healthy fats (grilled chicken over a salad with guac for dressing), workout after work and dinner around 8pm (veggies, protein, healthy fats again).  The type of foods you eat make a huge difference in body comp, energy levels, satiety, ability to sleep, etc.  That being said, if you’re a big evening snacker, I agree with PP that cutting out that behavior should have a positive impact.

Post # 14
139 posts
Blushing bee

sandra12345 :  This article from Scientific American provides a good background on intermittent fasting techniques and reasons it has become popular: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-intermittent-fasting-might-help-you-live-longer-healthier-life/

While the process of intermittent fasting (I.e. only eating during certain hours of the day, with a large fasting period overnight and in the morning) has been linked to weight loss and insulin level controls, the article indicates that there is a lot of conflicting data or humans (it seems to be great for rats).

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