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

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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

              1. Dinner is usually at 7pm, and then I usually have some fruit and granola at around 10:30pm, bed at 12am. I suppose I've always heard that it's better to eat lighter in the evenings, but that's the way I've always done it.

                1. dinner at home is usually between 6 & 7. dinner out can be whenever, between 6 and 9. weekends we're up til 3 or 4 a.m., so there's usually late night snacking after midnight.

                  1. I know this is so bad, but I like eating late. I think it's because I detest going to bed hungry, as if I will have bad dreams or something. I like to eat around eight, no earlier then seven, even nine is OK, as long as I am still half full when I hit the sack I am happy. Ok, don't kill me.

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                    1. re: smileyko

                      i was just thinking that it never bothers me to go to bed on a full stomach either...

                      1. re: smileyko

                        I hate waking up hungry so I'll do the same. I'll eat dinner between 7-9, an maybe a snack around 10:30.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          Hey you know it's 10:43 over here in Shanghai. I am looking for noodles leftover from lunch right now as my can't go to sleep hungry snack. I want to sleep well and dream great stuff and I can't if I am hungry.

                      2. I graze all day, no more than a few hundred calories at a time. I try not to eat an hour or two before bed.

                        1. I usually eat dinner at 7pm ish and don't eat before bedtime (11:30pm). If I go out for dinner I'm a fan of reservations between 7-8pm. However, I can easily vary my meal time without getting too cranky.