When Is The Best Time To Eat Dinner For Weight Loss?

eating-pasta-628x363Do you think it matters what time you eat your dinner? I’ve always heard to not eat after 6:00pm. Do you think eating late affects your weight loss? If so, why? What if you stay up late? Would that make a difference in how late you could eat your last meal?


If I eat at night, I end up eating MORE because I’ve gotten myself to the point of STARVING. I usually have dinner ready between 6 and 7, and bedtime for me is between 9:30 and 10. I DO snack though (either some stovetop popcorn, or fruit) I have been told that IF you eat then go to bed, the food is digested while sleeping and there is a LACK of activity during sleep. However if you eat and go to bed a couple of hours later, then you’ll be up and down (going to the bathroom/kids baths/showering/dishes/laundry etc) you’re moving and it helps the food digest better, whether that’s true or not, I can’t say.

From what I’ve read, it doesn’t matter as long as you are not going over your daily calories/points for the day. I eat at night & I still lose weight.

Since doing the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve read a lot about night-time eating. If I eat too early, I’m so hungry before going to bed and that’s when I’ll indulge in all the wrong things. So we have a healthy dinner every night around 8:00 pm. Around 9:30, we’ll even have a bag of 1 pt microwave popcorn. We usually go to bed around 11. And my weight loss has been steady at a pound a week.

From what I’ve read, it doesn’t matter as long as you are not going over your daily calories/points for the day. I eat at night & I still lose weight.
I second this post. i eat at night too but it’s what you eat and how much you eat. i find i am really hungry in the AM if i dont eat at nite. everything in moderation, I say.

I eat at night out of HABIT. And I know I need to stop it. I usually wind up eating cheerios and then wind up going to sleep a bit later. I do stay up until 12:00 or 1:00 and have my snack around 10:30 or so. I need to quit it. But as of today I am back on WW and I plan on giving up my late-night snack!

It sabotages my weight loss plans every time. Plus, it sits on my stomach all night. Not a good thing for my health.

There’s no eating “curfew,” and if you insist on one, you’ll drive yourself insane (and probably get very hungry!). I eat dinner at 7:30 every night, and fairly often even later. Then my dessert is at 9 pm. Until my endo issues over the past year, I lost steadily–95 lbs in a year and a half. If you’re hungry, eat!

I eat late (9:30) every Weds night, after church. It makes me have heartburn worse, I dont fall asleep as well (I go to bed around 10:30 pm) and I dont feel as rested in the morning. Also, here is some great info linking lack of sleep to gaining weight.

www.aphroditewomenshealth.com : Lack Of Sleep Related To Weight Gain
An article in the Archives of Internal Medicine says that not enough sleep could make you fat. The Northwestern University researchers are studying how loss of sleep alters the complex metabolic pathways that control appetite, food intake and energy expenditure.
“In recent years, a new and unexpected ‘obesity villain’ has emerged, first from laboratory studies and now, as reported in this issue of the Archives, in population-based studies: insufficient sleep. However, while there is a growing awareness among some sleep, metabolic, cardiovascular, and diabetes researchers that insufficient sleep could be leading to a cascade of disorders, few in the general medicine profession or in the lay public have yet made the connection,” said journal commentators Joseph Bass and Fred W. Turek.

As younger and older Americans alike struggle with an inability to get enough sleep and to control weight, the authors stress the need to investigate whether intervention in sleep disorders could help reduce obesity’s negative effects on metabolism and health. In commenting on a second article appearing in the same issue of the Archives, Bass and Turek note that even school age American children are not obtaining enough sleep and that sleep loss during the formative years of life could be putting our youth on a trajectory toward obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Obesity is associated with metabolic and cardiovascular disorders often referred to as the metabolic syndrome, which increases an individual’s risk of developing a serious disease, say Bass and Turek.

I get a belly ache if I eat too late but that is just me. I don’t stop eating because of Weight Watchers, I stop eating because of my body. I have a little snack between 7-8 if I need it, but if it gets later than that I toss and turn all night.

PS- Weight Watchers doesn’t care how you calculate your daily points. You can go from 6PM-6PM or 3PM-3PM….as long as you count in a 24 hour period there are no rules that you have to count from 12AM-12AM.