Boy do I relate with this topic. I'm far from being able to offer advice. i weigh more than you & have just started making these connections myself.I can share with you what's been working for me. I am a processed carb addict. I can polish off a bag of chips without even thinking twice until I'm at the bottom of the bag. do pretty great with chocolate, too. Especially since I've gotten older my cravings are stronger.I can't ignore them anymore.
I've learned diet pepsi & foods w/artificial sweetener make these cravings worse,so I try to stay away from these.I drink water w/lemon & a shot of stevia or monk fruit now.
I have realized eating my dinner between 5-6:00 helps. Instead of 4:00, as I used to.Also, i was depriving myself a little too much during the day, so when I feel that knawing feeling instead of waiting until dinner is done cooking, for example,I'll have a reasonable snack then I don't seem to have cravings as much later, personally.
Also if I feel the cravings coming on at night strong. I used to try to just ignore it & go to bed or do something else. Most times I'd end up binging later & hating myself for ruining my progress.Now I have a snack when I feel that. what works well for me is celery stick with one Light Laughing Cow cheese triangle, sometimes I cut up a couple green olives & put on top for salt. I put 2tsp PB on 1/2 a granny smith apple. One of my favorites that's very satisfying is a sweet potato cut into strips, like fries. I add 1/2tsp olive oil a little salt for that craving garlic powder, chili powder & a little cayenne pepper for kick. I bake them then split them in half for two snack portions. i stir 2TBL Fage plain greek yogurt with chili powder & use that as a dipping sauce. All these give me the flavor & satisfaction I need & if I eat them before the craving gets too bad I save myself from binging . I used to think I was being bad/weak if I had a snack that I wasn't trying hard enough & try to willpower through it. It only worked so long for me. These thought out snacks have saved me many cals of night time snacking. I hope sharing my experience may help you in some way. Good luck. Don't stop trying !
Getting all three meals in will help, and I find that I generally don't snack in the middle of the night if I eat something light before bed. I usually have a yogurt or homemade honey-wheat bread. Of course, if I don't get enough calories in (or filling meals), then I get up regardless but that doesn't happen too often now.
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You could try leaving yourself some calories for that time. Cut out or decrease something during the day so that you have some left-over calories at bedtime. Have something planned for your wee hour snack. In other words, embrace this into your diet. I have experienced the same thing in the past. I tried changing the environment before bedtime--closing my bedroom door, placing obstacles along the path to the kitchen, making sure the path and kitchen were dark--no nightlights. It gave me a few seconds to think about what I was doing. Didn't always work.
WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT HUNGRY YOUR BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS ARE LOW...try eating a small carb and protein two hours prior to bedtime. Like a breadstick and 1 ounce of cheese
Snacking is fine depending on the choice of snacks...maybe try 3 cups of AIR-popped popcorn with a sprinkle of parm or romano cheese on top or even cinnamon. 3 cups of AIR-popped is only around 100 calories. Avoid microwave popcorns
I count a piece of fruit like a med. apple, pears, peaches as 80 calories.
3/4 cup of Multi Grain Cheerios for a crunchy, fiber treat. Grab three graham cracker squares to get 15-20 g of carbs. Have a hard boiled egg...Eggs Are Loaded with Nutrients & lots of vitamins 74 calories 15 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons light ranch dressing One whole cucumber equals only 45 calories.... dip slices in hummus or salsa Cottage Cheese and a handful of Matchstick carrots, flaxseeds 1/2 Avocado with stuffed crabmeat 4 ounces crabmeat with mayo on a bed of lettuce about 6 carbs 20 almonds or how about a small baked apple or berries, Celery Sticks, califlower bunches?
Just a few ideas
Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 5/8/2013 (10:18)
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Unless you have to be awake for work, GO TO BED! I gained 20#s working nights as I ate to stay awake. If you are eating and are half asleep, go to sleep.
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Might I suggest a glass of water or hot tea maybe and some protein. Or a protein shake before bed? Sometimes when I am up really late and find myself getting hungry, I eat something! But I try to stay away from simple carbs and sugar. A glass of milk usually does the trick, tides me over til breakfast. If not, I usually find myself on here. I LOVE food too; and don't get me wrong no food scares me, but I always ask myself whats this food going to do to my body? Will it raise my insulin levels too much? Is it totally processed and not beneficial for my health? Is there a better and healthier choice I can make here? I love, love, chips and I was so happy to find Pop Chips! They are crunchy and delicious and not fried. Anyway, good luck to you and I hope you find the answer your looking for. Keep it simple, get plenty of rest and hydrate!
A few suggestions: One, make sure you are getting all your nutrients in the day from nutrient dense foods. This may be a habit that needs some discipline, like a kid, limits work. Two, if you feel compelled, only allow yourself fruits and veggies, they are a lesser evil. Carrots work for me. Three, try brushing your teeth, mint can curb hunger Four, have a cup of a calming tea, hydration and changing a pattern help some people.
Good luck, and I am sure others will have some good ideas as well!
Edited by: TANGOKATE at: 5/7/2013 (20:07)
5/7/13 7:44 P
This night time snacking is hindering my weight loss efforts for sure. I snack in the wee hours actually. I do great all day long and then 12 am- 2 am I get crazy with snacking. I'm even half asleep when I do it. I have gained 4 lbs. this month and I cannot afford to gain anything. What do you do to curb snacking? Mary
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