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Old 05-15-2002, 04:08 PM   #1
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Eating before bedtime

Is it ok to eat a little something before bedtime? I know it's better to eat low carb so I ussually just get like a teaspoon of peanut butter. I generally eat supper around 6 or 7. Sometimes I don't get in the bed til midnight or 1. So of course I'm going to get hungry. I eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. So should I just go to bed hungry or is it ok to eat something?

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Old 05-15-2002, 04:52 PM   #2
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Re: Eating before bedtime

Naw, it's ok to eat just before bed. Just make it low carb and you should be fine. Typically i eat a couple of eggs, or some cheese. Just don't gorge and exceed your calories for the day.

 
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Old 05-16-2002, 06:54 PM   #3
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Re: Eating before bedtime

It's absolutely NOT ok to eat before bed. Eating causes your blood sugar to rise and that prevent your pituitary from producing growth hormone. Since 90% of growth hormone is produced within 2 hours of sleeping, eating before bed will stop this important hormone.

People with low growth hormone experience abdominal fat gain, fatigue, muscle/join pains, memory problems, concentration problems and muscle/bone loss. It turns out that growth hormone is really very important whether you are young or old. In fact, some people now speculate that low growth hormone may be responsible for many of the negative aspects to ageing.

 
Old 05-17-2002, 08:13 AM   #4
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Re: Eating before bedtime

Any time I go to bed hungry I wake up the next morning feeling excellent, and very glad that I didn't give in and eat something. When i eat just before sleeping I am soo sluggish in the morning. Everything I do revolves around my sleeping schedule these days. I think i am getting old.

Didn't know that about the growth hormone, orion. I wonder if that's why i'm the shortest person in my fam? well, that and the cigarettes. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

 
Old 05-17-2002, 06:10 PM   #5
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Re: Eating before bedtime

Orion, do you know anything about HGH pills that are on the market? They are not actual hormones but they are supposed to get your own going. Anything you might know about this would be appreciated. Tina

 
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Re: Eating before bedtime

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hockeymom:
<B>Orion, do you know anything about HGH pills that are on the market? </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Real growth hormone has to be injected and is very expensive although some people are working on a spray form.

The pills that are sold are almost surely useless. But there are several researchers who have discovered substances that can stimulate the production of growth hormone, one is called Clinidine. Most of these have only been tested for a short time on animals and no one knows the long term effect of such drugs. We do know that if you are growth hormone deficient then taking even the most powerful of these drugs will not give you more growth hormone.

It has been shown that keeping your blood sugar low, continuous exercise for more than 30 minutes and resistance exerices like weight lifting will stimulate growth hormone production. This is probably the mechanism that makes exercise useful in mild weight loss.

 
Old 05-20-2002, 07:29 AM   #7
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Re: Eating before bedtime

I have the same late nite snackie problem. If I'm going to bed w/in a couple of hours I try to just drink a glass of water or chew a piece or gum.

 
Old 05-21-2002, 08:40 PM   #8
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Re: Eating before bedtime

Orion! You genius you! You just described almost everything I feel everyday! Tired, poor concentration, memory not worth a thing...that's all me! I'm definitely going to have to give this a try. Anyone wanna jump on board with me? No eating before bed! Is there an actual time limit on this? Like no eating 3 hours before bed? Or more like no eating *right before* bed? Kind of stinks though, considering my two favorite activities in the whole world are eating and sleeping <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

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Old 05-21-2002, 08:55 PM   #9
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Re: Eating before bedtime

It's so hard not to grab something before I go to bed. I've been doing pretty good though. Like I said before, I usually just eat a little bit of peanut butter. Or maybe a little bite of cheese. I drink as much water as I can stand. I try to with every meal. But I'm a HUGE pepsi one fan so sometimes I drink that at night. Is that ok? I've lost about 5 pounds in a little over a week. I eat right. Keep my calories down. I'm trying my hardest to keep away from sweets. I jog, lift weights, and do exercises to tone my lower body at least 5-6 days a week. They say to give your body a rest so I give myself a day or two off a week. Well, good luck everyone!

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Old 05-21-2002, 10:57 PM   #10
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Re: Eating before bedtime

As I sit her reading this, I feel very guilty becuase I am about to go to bed and I feel stuffed because I just ate a bunch of fresh out-of-the-oven banana bread! So Orion, thanks for that helpful info. You provided a lot of us with new info.
Pleaides81-Sure, I'll jump on board with you. No more eating before bed.

 
Old 05-21-2002, 11:09 PM   #11
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Re: Eating before bedtime

From what I heard, the reason your sluggish in the morning if you eat before going to bed is your body is busy digesting the food overnight and that interferes with getting proper sleep.

 
Old 05-22-2002, 09:12 AM   #12
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Re: Eating before bedtime

I would agree. Also, it's not that hard to fall asleep hungry as long as you lay off the caffeine. At least for me, this makes all the difference.

I'm all for going to bed hungry Pleaides81. 3 hrs before sleeping is ok, but 4 is better. It takes me around 3.5-4 hrs to get hungry after eating, and everyone is different. I've tried different things, like no eating after 6, and no eating 3 hrs before bedtime and so forth. These days I'm going by "no snax after 7:00-8:00" (depending on how early I get dinner). But then, I go to bed really late. This gives me at least 4 hrs of no eating.

This morning, the scale thanked me for withholding nighttime food. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/round.gif">

 
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