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Apr 29, 2011 02:02 PM

What time do you prefer to eat your last meal of the day

Since I've been a child I've been hungry at 4 pm and prefer to eat my last meal of the day between 4 and 5pm. Generally if the meal hasn't been too large, I will have a snack about 8pm.

I seem to be programmed to eat at this time and postponing it until a later time is not a good idea -- I get pretty cranky and am unable to keep away from snacks while I'm cooking a later meal, say 6-7 pm.

I'm wondering if others have a preferred time of day to eat your last meal.

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  1. I'm always amazed by people who can stick to a schedule. I don't eat any meal at a consistent time (nor do I eat meals consistently).

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      1. re: ferret

        Same here. I don't stick to a meal schedule at all. The fact that I live alone and am generally only cooking for myself enables my sporadic eating habits greatly!

      2. Ideally, about 3-4 hours before bed, which is short enough to keep me full at bed time and long enough so that I don't wake up in the middle of the night.

        But, it usually ends up being about 2 hours before bed, so half the time I wake up in the middle of the night with an urge to visit the restroom with a followup to the fridge. Ah, the battles between the heavy eyes and the growling stomach.

        1. About 8:00, though I prefer 7:00.

          1. Before kids it was 8
            after kids 6:45