I struggle with that too. If I am not conscious of it, weight creeps on. I had lost 8 lb, only to gain it back after not keeping night time eating in check. It is hard when someone (roomie, or in my case hubby) is there doing it too. I told my husband, no more! I am back to tracking and now he is too! Instead, I go workout, read a book, call a friend. I just try to eat more of my calories earlier so at night I don't gorge. Trick for me is eating a few snacks. I feel so much better when I follow this plan. If you bite it, write it!
I know exactly what you mean. I eat healthy all day and feel satisfied but then I get home and it's dinner time. That is my downfall hour. I'll make my sensible plate (we eat pretty healthy at my house but....) mostly veggies, typically 3 - 6 oz of meat and a small amount of starch. I eat it, I feel full but if it tasted really good I feel I have to go back for more. So off to the kitchen I go for a second plate. I tell myself "Just a bite or two.." which turns into another full plate. I eat it, feel gross, disgusting and ashamed. This is no different if we go out to eat. I try to make good choices and most of the time I do. (really who can resist a nice cheeseburger from 5 guys though???) It's a constant emotional cycle that I just cant seem to break.
Just know that you're not alone. (I previously lost over 30 lbs with just exercise and like you, this time it's just not cutting it..sigh) If anyone out there has some good tips for "daytime good eaters and night time bingers" please pass it on. I'm getting desperate...
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Are you eating healthy snacks during the day ? Just two "healthy" meals is hardly enough to keep a grown woman fueled during a busy work day. Depending on how many calories you ate at each meal, it's very possible the reason you felt like gorging yourself in the evening is because you didn't eat enough during the day.
Eating too little during the day can set a person up for a binge later. Do you eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies ? If not, try getting more high fiber foods into your diet. Fiber is sating and helps keep us full for longer. Fruits and veggies are loaded with fiber. So, if you need a quick snack to help stave off hunger, have a couple of pieces of fruit on hand for a mid morning or afternoon snack.
Also, a person has to be careful with those iced coffees. Many are loaded with sugar. That will give us a rush of energy in the morning, but the sugar crash will leave us hungry later in the day. If you want to enjoy that iced coffee do be aware of how much sugar you're getting from other sources. It's possible that some of your evening hunger may be a result of eating a bit too much sugar in the morning.
These are just educated guesses since we have no idea how much you've been eating or what you've been eating.
Are you restricting yourself too much during the day? A lot of times if we restrict ourselves too much, we end up binging or munching on other things because we didn't get enough of what we need during the day. Perhaps you can try to find a better balance in your day so you don't do that when you get home from work? Or perhaps you can find some other activities to do to keep you busy during the time that you feel like munching on everything like you mentioned?
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This is how it always is for me....I'll eat healthy for breakfast (except for my iced coffee, which I am not ready to give up yet), pack a healthy lunch...and then I get home from work and I wanna munch on everything or go out with my roommate and bond over some fatty food. Just like right, had a disgusting cheeseburger, fries, and Coke from 5 guys and I feel disgusting. I do this too much. I want to lose weight and be healthier, but I always sabotage myself. It's really disgusting how much I am comforted by food. I don't know why...maybe it is because I lost 15 lbs just by working out consistently and not really changing my diet...but now working out a lot is cutting it.
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