madcat wrote: Also your body is still working even when you’re sleeping, although at a much slower rate, it still need fuel. If you don’t give it what it needs it will start to brake down your fat and muscles.
I agree. Many people, especially when trying to lose weight, will tell you to not eat anything shortly before bed time because you will store it as fat.
But I think that you should NEVER go to bed hungry, especially if you are very physically active or work out. The night time is when your body repairs the damage you have done in the gym or on the track or wherever. It needs fuel to do so - it even needs fuel for simple bodily functions like madcat suggests. So you need to make sure it has that fuel. That is NOT to say have a 6 course meal before you go to bed. But simply ensure that if you feel like you are "empty or low on the fuel" and it is nearing bedtime, have a healthy, balanced snack like a shake or something (and I dont mean a 100 calorie shake either . I mean a snack!!!).
The best way, from my own personal experience, to avoid getting hungry late at night, or at any point in the day, is to make sure that you are eating small, balanced meals every 2 to three hours. This is a great way to keep you blood suger stable, reduce cravings and hunger, and to keep your metabolism revved all day and night!!!