How many hours before bedtime should I stop eating in order to avoid a nightmare on the scale when I wake up?
It's not about how many hours before bed you stop eating, but rather the total amount of calories consumed over the course of a day. The reason most people tend to put on weight due to night eating is the types of food they are picking.
If you tend to graze at night, stick to lighter options and avoid anything fried, greasy, or full of fat, since these foods are harder to digest and won't sit well in your stomach. However, if you have strong control over your habits and some determination to achieve your weight loss goal, we urge you to stop eating at least three hours before going to bed.