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When you should eat...???

Kevin_HassenpflugKevin_Hassenpflug Member Posts: 75 Member Member Posts: 75 Member
I am wondering "when" you should eat, I've heard you MUST break-the-fast (don't call it breakfast, IT IS break-the-fast) come hell or highwater (as the saying goes) and YOU MUST eat something with 1 hour (1 opinion) or 2 hours (2nd opinion) upon waking up OR ELSE EVERYTHING you eat thereafter will ONLY turn to bodyfat. Interesting that both opinions didn't care that after your break-the-fast if you waited 12 hours before eating again.....that was fine.

So my questions are these:

1). MUST you eat within 1 or 2 hours of sleeping?
2). Can you indeed then go 12 hours before eating again?

BONUS: What works best?

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  • missblondi2umissblondi2u Member Posts: 851 Member Member Posts: 851 Member
    1) No.
    2) Sure.
    3) Whatever helps you stay within your calorie budget.

    I very rarely eat breakfast and lose weight just fine.
  • Panini911Panini911 Member Posts: 2,325 Member Member Posts: 2,325 Member
    people should eat on a schedule that works for them. there is no one size fits all. no "must" no "should".

    some prefer eating fewer times a day. some prefer eating more often (I am a 5-6x a day person). Some prefer eating earlier in the day, others prefer not eating til later in the day.

    do you. you can experiment if you want to see if one thing works better or not for you but just cuz it works for someone else doesn`t mean it`s best for you.
    edited June 2019
  • ccrdragonccrdragon Member Posts: 3,110 Member Member Posts: 3,110 Member
    I get up at 4:00, at the gym by 4:30, eat my first meal around noon and stop eating by 7:00 in the evening. Still losing weight, still getting healthier, not following an arbitrary schedule.

    To directly answer your questions:
    1. no
    2. sure
    3. the best schedule is the one that keeps you happy and allows you to maintain the deficit that you need to lose weight.
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Member Posts: 3,884 Member Member Posts: 3,884 Member
    Agree with the others above, go by preference, it doesn't really matter in terms of hours, when you eat. I'll add the same goes for eating at night - there is no issue with it from a physiological standpoint unless you get heartburn or stomach issues from lying down on a full stomach.
  • erickirberickirb Member Posts: 12,273 Member Member Posts: 12,273 Member
    ccrdragon wrote: »
    I get up at 4:00, at the gym by 4:30, eat my first meal around noon and stop eating by 7:00 in the evening. Still losing weight, still getting healthier, not following an arbitrary schedule.

    To directly answer your questions:
    1. no
    2. sure
    3. the best schedule is the one that keeps you happy and allows you to maintain the deficit that you need to lose weight.

    Only thing I will add to number 3, energy levels and athletic performance should be considered too, though that may fit in with "keeps you happy"
    edited June 2019
  • apullumapullum Member Posts: 4,896 Member Member Posts: 4,896 Member
    I am wondering "when" you should eat, I've heard you MUST break-the-fast (don't call it breakfast, IT IS break-the-fast) come hell or highwater (as the saying goes) and YOU MUST eat something with 1 hour (1 opinion) or 2 hours (2nd opinion) upon waking up OR ELSE EVERYTHING you eat thereafter will ONLY turn to bodyfat. Interesting that both opinions didn't care that after your break-the-fast if you waited 12 hours before eating again.....that was fine.

    So my questions are these:

    1). MUST you eat within 1 or 2 hours of sleeping?
    2). Can you indeed then go 12 hours before eating again?

    BONUS: What works best?

    Generally speaking, things that people have "heard" about nutrition/weight/fitness from unnamed sources turn out not to be true.
  • Dreamwa1kerDreamwa1ker Member Posts: 196 Member Member Posts: 196 Member
    Find what helps you manage your own hunger. Some people have to eat small snacks every couple hours or they'll get too hungry and overdo it next meal. Or they have to have breakfast or they'll go crazy on snacks. I'm sort of the opposite - for me, I am not hungry for hours after waking up, not til close to lunch - I have been this way since I was a kid, so I think this is just how I'm wired. So I don't eat breakfast, just eat an early-ish, large, lunch. I found that when I forced myself to eat breakfast, I ended up just eating more calories through the day because I was just as hungry around lunch time, and I like to have a large lunch and dinner to feel satisfied. I actually lose more weight when I skip breakfast for this reason. But that is simply because calories in vs calories out comes out better for me personally.

    So, you need to figure out for yourself what helps you feel the best and is most manageable to fit in your calorie goals. Time you eat doesn't matter beyond that.
    edited June 2019
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,541 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,541 Member
    I am wondering "when" you should eat, I've heard you MUST break-the-fast (don't call it breakfast, IT IS break-the-fast) come hell or highwater (as the saying goes) and YOU MUST eat something with 1 hour (1 opinion) or 2 hours (2nd opinion) upon waking up OR ELSE EVERYTHING you eat thereafter will ONLY turn to bodyfat. Interesting that both opinions didn't care that after your break-the-fast if you waited 12 hours before eating again.....that was fine.

    So my questions are these:

    1). MUST you eat within 1 or 2 hours of sleeping?
    2). Can you indeed then go 12 hours before eating again?

    BONUS: What works best?

    I agree with the crowd again, but would add this thought experiment:

    What are the odds that our ancestors, over thousands of cultures, over thousands of years, under all kinds of conditions of famine and plenty, all and always ate within 1 to 2 hours of waking up? What are the odds that with hunter/gatherer or farmer/peasant lifestyle that they were chock full of bodyfat when they didn't?

    Why would natural selection have brought us to a modern human who will turn all intake into fat if they don't eat within one/two hours of waking? How would that confer a survival advantage?

    The only thing I'd agree with is that you must "break-the-fast". If you don't eat, ever, after waking up, you'll eventually die of starvation. ;)

    If you eat right away, then on any frequency whatsoever until bedtime, and consume more calories than you spend via basic metabolism plus activity, you will gain weight (and if you aren't doing something to gain muscle, it'll all be fat).

    If you eat less than you spend via activity, you will lose weight (and under any sensible circumstances, most of that loss will be fat, but some will likely be lean tissue).

    If you exactly balance intake, on that same "whatever schedule you prefer", you'll maintain weight (but if you do nothing to maintain strength, you'll likely gradually lose muscle mass as you age).

    What works best is what helps you personally, idiosyncratically and individually achieve the calorie balance that supports your personal goal to gain, lose, or maintain weight while also keeping your health good, your energy level sufficient, and your social connections secure (plus maybe some other ancillary goodness that's important to you).
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