Hmmm, sometimes I have to eat late at night to get enough calories in because I'm STARVING when I get home from something. Last night I made myself stay up later than I planned to so the food could digest a little. I wonder if it would have been better to just go to sleep right after eating? I find that many nights, I need to snack at night to get enough calories in. I don't know if this is a good thing...
I CTFU every night... just in incase.
Whatever works for you and your schedule is fine. Digestion takes a lot of energy so going to sleep on an empty belly is ideal so your body can do some healing but it's not that big of a deal. Most importantly make sure you eat enough before you go to bed. What is enough?
I did number 13. :D Although it was an apple and my roommate told me: oh, I can not eat fruit in the evening, fruit makes you fat! (she is fat) so I told to my self: it's okey, she won't need it and I can rebuy it the next day lol
I eat pretty late at night but don't get home from work until 7pm. I wait until 10:30am or 11am to have my first meal of the day though.
I hate going to bed within two hours after eating because of the discomfort it causes. So I usually eat a massive meal at the end of the day so I have absolutely no urge or need to eat later on in the evening.
The only time I eat late is when I've been too busy to eat the amount I need for the day. Then I'll have some bananas before bed. Otherwise I'll wake up at 2am or something and want food and disrupt my sleep. Best to get those cals in during the day, though.
A lot of people who are starting out like to take more meals until their bodies adjust to the amount of food eaten each meal, in this case they may be eating more at night. But I think this evens out for most into 2-3 big meals a day.
If you can't get all your cals in early in the day, then I would take eating late over unereating any day. Don't skimp on the calories because "it's too late in the day". Babies sleep right after eating, animals do that too, it's ok to do that. I have trouble eating lots of cals, and I do that on the regular basis.
On the flip side, when I stop eating a few hours in advance of sleeping, I do wake up a bit more energetic. So I do try to get the food in early as much as I can.
Like ednshell said, "it's not a big deal".
what works for me is to have a huge breakfast (1400 calories)
a smaller but till big lunch (990 calories)
and dinner to have just 500-600 calories
Eating this way I have found is much easier when you eat the most in the morning, and slowly smaller meals throughout the day, dinner shouldn't be the biggest meal. If you don't prioritize eating enough during the day, you will be more likely to eat something you don't want to eat at the end of the day.
That being said, I think a banana or two or some tomatoes is fine before bed. Keep it light :)
But if you are hungry for more- then eat! You won't be able to sleep if you're hungry.
Just make sure you start off the next day with a massive breakfast and plan out your meals for the day to make things easier.