Not eating after 7pm, does it actually help?

22 comments · save · last comment by MONRADA S. almost 8 years ago

Randi Joan

Randi J.

United States

2397 posts

i've grown up taught not to eat a few hours before bedtime.
ofcourse when i had no set bedtime that rule went out the window. XP

however i've heard that it helps prevent you from gaining weight (which makes a lot of logical sense). i've heard stories of peopel loosing 7 lbs in a few weeks just from quitting late-night snakcing.

anybody have any experience? :3

EDIT: THIS IS NOT A DIET. What i eat is already taken in account for because i'm not completely stupid :P I already know it's what you eat and how much you eat and how often you eat that matters. Thank you.

almost 8 years ago

Tanesha [Nerd]

Tanesha [.

United Kingdom

77 posts

noooooooooooooooooooo it doesn't work, sure stopping late night snacking helps but simply snacking befor 7 instead wont do anything its about how much you eat not what time. It has the same amount of fat and calories whenever you eat it.

Hope it helps =]

0 · June 1, 2010

Harrriettea .

Harrriettea ..

United Kingdom

499 posts

maybe it's just that food before 7pm is usually used as energy as you tend to be more active, however after 7 people tend to wind down and therefore the energy from that food is usually stored as fat or something,
i don't know.

0 · June 1, 2010

☽blair ☾

☽blair ☾.

United States

1924 posts

You most likely aren't going to just start losing weight by not eating after 7pm unless you always eat tons and tons after 7pm. But yeah eating after 7 does make you gain more weight because your body is more likely to store the food as fat since you aren't as active.
On the weekends I eat 90% of my food between the hours of 12pm and 6am so I'm sure if i changed that and ate before 7pm then stopped that I'd gain less weight and probably lose some... but for the average person I'd say you'd just be preventing more weight gain.

0 · June 1, 2010

Jane Doe

Jane D.

South Africa

448 posts

I don't know if it works but I think it should help with losing unwanted weight but I think what you eat and how much you eat would help with the effectivity to lose weight.

0 · June 1, 2010

Kat O

Kat O.

United Kingdom

1092 posts

i don't think its a good idea to eat after 7-8pm anyway, because you're not gunna be burning it off.

0 · June 1, 2010

Joy Brose

Joy B.


1 posts

NNOOOO!! do this never. it doesn´t work... your body work in the night mostly.. and then the body need a lot of engergy :)
so.. eat something in the evening :)

0 · June 1, 2010

Marin Monroe .

Marin Monroe ..

United Kingdom

3601 posts

Well your metabolism slows in the evening, so it helps a little.
But doing that as well as eating fatty food before 7pm isn't going to help you drop the pounds

0 · June 1, 2010

Mara C

Mara C.

United States

4914 posts

There's no set time after which you shouldn't eat, it depends on how soon after you eat that you're going to sleep. One person's body can actually react very differently from another's...
For me, eating right before bed gives me nightmares. :o
But that would be at 10 or 11 PM or so, because of when I'm prone to going to bed. Usually my family sits down to dinner around 7 PM at home.

I'd generally say it's not good to eat a full meal and then immediately conk out for the night, because your body sloooooows down (or in my case, does freaky shit to punish me for eating late) and you might wake up not feeling so well. But a snack before bed is hardly harmful.

0 · June 1, 2010

Sophie Rebecca

Sophie R.

United Kingdom

4347 posts

Nooo... Food is too important and I like my late night snacks :D

0 · June 1, 2010

Sophie M

Sophie M.

United Kingdom

61 posts

i actually find if i eat earlier in the evening i get really hungry later on! like today i ate about half six because i was going out, then i just got in and was pretty hungry, sadly for me all i have to snack on are frozen vegetables (i did microwave them first but it was a pretty poor snack). i tend to eat about 8 or even 9 most evenings but i do try to eat carbs mostly in the daytime, but that's mainly for my running training - i run better just after i've had some carbs because i'm all nicely fuelled up. so i don't always feel like eating 2/3 carb heavy meals a day. i don't really buy into that low-carb propaganda, a calorie is a calorie, plus your body is still working when it's asleep!

0 · June 1, 2010

Jen Chan

Jen C.

United States

14 posts

no, at least not in the way that you're thinking. the only problem with eating later at night is that people tend to be unable to control themselves and thus can overeat at night. but regardless of what time it is, if you overeat, you will gain weight.

and it's also a myth that your metabolism slows down at night, and thus you will be more likely to gain weight if you eat later. in actuality, it really just comes down to the total amount of calories you consume at the end of the day.

your metabolism speeds up/slows down in proportion to the amount of food you eat, since your body will require less/more thermic energy to metabolize/break down food, depending on how much food there is in the first place.

0 · June 1, 2010

Alexandra J

Alexandra J.


148 posts

Calories eaten is calories eaten, no matter what time of day you eat them.

0 · June 1, 2010

Catherine E.

Catherine E.

United States

1160 posts

I really don't think that it's necessarily about what time you eat, but perhaps the types of foods that people tend to eat later? Desserts, junk food, etc.

0 · June 1, 2010




32 posts

Not eating after 7 pm is actually good for you but if you try to lose weight .. it will work just a week and then your body become used to and it will stop losing weight. I lost like 8 lbs in a week for eating at 4 pm .. but then it stops :(

0 · June 2, 2010


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