Ok so I have heard this for YEARS now, something along the lines of how your suppose to stop eating two-ish hours before you go to bed. I got O’s Guide To Life (a best of Oprah Magazine book) on clearance at Barnes and Nobles for like $5, and Oprah rants and raves about this NO LATE NIGHT EATING rule. I always thought it had something to do with food sitting in your belly while you sleep and somehow making you fat (who knows, I’m no scientist) but this article on Oprah’s website states that it mor has to do with people who eat in the mornings consume LESS calories throughout the day as opposed to people who wait until late night and just snack and snack and snack. It’s more about how much you eat rather than when you eat.
A few times throughout the last 9 months I have ended up taking a nap and pretty much skipping dinner. The next morning I always awoke to a very nice number on the scale. Sleep is the best diet as far as I’m concerned because you don’t know your hungry when your sleeping! On a number of occasions I have taken a nice long nap on weigh in day so I can just sleep through the hunger and avoid snacking. I highly encourage this, especially if you’re having one of those days where you just cant cram enough food in your mouth, take a nice long nap.
Wait what was I talking about? Oh yeah, so I’ve decided to do a little experiment with this whole no late night eating thing. For the next 10 days I’m going to attempt to not eat anything after 6pm. NOTHING! Of course water is fine, and maybe a Girl Scout cookie, but NOTHING else! (= So that means dinner needs to be on the table by 5:30pm, we can do this. Mr. Gaunt and I are both working at 5am for the next couple weeks, and because I work 30-40 minutes away that means I have to crawl out of bed at 3:30 am in order to have time to eat breakfast. I do NOT skip breakfast. So eating at 5:30 should be fine since we try to be in bed by 9.
So hopefully this will help me shed a few pounds that are clinging on for dear life. I’ll keep you posted to see if I notice a major change!