Always Eat After 7 PM – Final Thoughts
I’m sharing my thoughts and successes with Joel Marion and his new book, Always Eat After 7 PM. I’m excited to share how it’s gone!
Here we are – at week 4, the final week, of the Always Eat After 7 PM blog posts. It has definitely been an experience. So let’s talk about how it’s gone.
Always Eat After 7 PM – the information/data
First, let me share another quote from the book:
“Research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day. In short, your metabolism doesn’t slow down at night. Nor does your body store fat at the end of the day. Whether it’s 8 am or 8 pm, you use food for energy the same way.”
Joel Marion provides great research and information about the science behind why he believes the Always Eat After 7 PM plan works. I appreciate that, because I was more willing to try it when I felt that the research backed the plan. His focus on intermittant fasting is solid.
Always Eat After 7 PM – the food/recipes/meal plans
I have to start this section with a quote too:
“Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.”
I started with that excerpt, because that’s how I knew that Joel Marion might be speaking directly to me. I’m not living for months and months without carbs. It’s just not happening; life is meant to be enjoyed, not to be torture. And the recipes that are included in Always Eat After 7 PM are full of healthy carbs, whole foods, and they’re delicious.
I will admit, I probably won’t make many of the dessert recipes. They require so many specialized ingredients to make them, and I don’t make dessert often enough to make it worth keeping them on hand. That said, I’m also content to wait for my ‘cheat day’ or whatever you want to call it and have dessert then.
But we had really good luck with the dinner recipes! Most were fairly easy, because they were made with simple, whole ingredients. And the couple that had more complicated steps, I was able to alter the cooking method to use the air fryer or Instant Pot to make life easier.
Meal planning has been my biggest success. This book has made it so easy for me to plan a week (or two) of meals and stick to it! Instead of just deciding I don’t want to cook and grabbing takeout for dinner, I actually want to stick to my plan because I know it’s full of healthy choices and it’ll make me feel better. I usually share my weekly meal plan in my Instagram Stories, so you can find them there if you want to see them!
Overall, I would definitely use this book and the Always Eat After 7 PM program into the future. And if you’re looking for a good set of recipes and easy meal planning, this is perfect, whether you’re looking to lose weight or not! You can grab a copy here if you’re interested!