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4,824 1/20/13 7:53 P
When you're planning your meals for the day, include a small bedtime snack.
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5,158 1/20/13 7:14 P
Thank you for all your ideas! I'm going to try some of them and see if I can't put that night-time eating monster out of my misery!
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985 1/17/13 11:32 A
2 things I've changed that have cut out my (most of my) nighttime snacking:
1) I eat more during the day. I used to "save" calories for the end of the day because I "knew" I'd use them. I eat more for breakfast and lunch and find that I am far less snacky in the evening or before bed than I used to be.
2) We moved our dinnertime to 7:30pm. I get off work at 4, exercise and then come home and shower. Sometimes, I'll have a smoothie or small snack. We hang out for a bit, watch tv, catch up etc and then start dinner around 7. Sometimes, we don't eat until 8. I used to consume a ton of calories before bed (10:30 or 11), but I don't anymore.
I know these ideas won't work for everyone and their schedule, but they work for me. Other things like brushing your teeth or just going to sleep instead of to the kitchen also help.
I quit the bedtime snacking by deciding to go to bed early, then rise early to get exercise. Since my twenties, my bedtime has been around 9 PM, and I rise around 5 AM to get an hour of exercise done before work.
I realized that the time from 8 - 10 was not very productive, so I went to sleep instead! Have been doing this for 35 years, and have not found a better time to exercise than early morning. Most of the time it matters little to anyone that I want to go to bed around 9 PM. (I am now age 55).
Fitness Minutes: (43,664)
3,419 1/17/13 9:08 A
Do something that occupies your hands so that you absolutely cannot snack. Paint your nails. Knit a scarf. Scrub the bathtub.
I also like to go into the kitchen after dinner, put the dishes away then say out loud "The kitchen is closed." That means that I can't go back in there and get food because THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED!
Just don't. Busy yourself. I'd be really pissed at myself if I had a great day healthwise and added mindless snacking to my day at bedtime. I don't eat after my dinner at 6pm, no exceptions. Read a book instead. I have a cookbook on my nightstand that I've been flipping through at bedtime.
Close down the kitchen, brush your teeth and keep yourself occupied until bedtime. If you're not hungry then it truly is a habit and can be broken by little minute by minute decisions.
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5,158 1/17/13 8:24 A
I've been doing really with with exercise, drinking water, and staying within calorie range until bedtime. That's when I go off the rails with bedtime snacking. I'm not hungry; it's a habit; one that I need to kick. Any tips?
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