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NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
1/20/13 6:46 P

Nights are sometimes hard for me, too.

The two biggest things that have helped me are:

1. Leaving some of my daily calorie allotment so that I can safely "spend" it sometime after dinner.

2. Doing something with my hands that isn't compatible with eating: crafting or using the computer, for instance.

Good luck!

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/20/13 4:14 P

Double post. :)

Edited by: SWEDIEPIE at: 1/20/2013 (16:17)
SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
1/20/13 4:11 P

I love this:

"I can be there in an hour or two if I just hold on."

So many of us self-sabotage at night after a GREAT day. For me, it's 2-4pm that is the hardest, so I've worked a snack in there and I plan, plan, plan.

When the munchies or cravings hit, I have tea, more water, or some raw veggies from the fridge.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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1/20/13 11:54 A

You are certainly not alone in this. It's so common Sparkpeople even wrote an article about it!

MIZZKINS Posts: 120
1/20/13 10:56 A

Have a plan. Sometimes it doesn't matter if it will work or not, just have a plan for the next time it happens. Think. Try anything. Be brave! Its hard work. You can change!
I have several strategies for night hunger. The key for me is think before I eat. If I eat before I think I'm in trouble.
First, I ask myself if I'm really hungry. If I am then I eat something like an apple. If I'm not really hungry then I do something for 5 minutes to distract myself. Wash dishes. Take a shower. Clean up some clutter. Pay the bills. Walk around the block. Play a song and dance to it. Just do something else for 5 minutes.
Sometimes I visualize future me, at the end of the day, in bed, ready for sleep, looking back at a successful day. Its a great short time goal, especially at night. Because I love having one more good day under my belt. I can be there in an hour or two if I just hold on.
Variety works for me, so if it helps, have a lot of strategies ready to try. The key is to plan for it. Sometimes just having a plan gives you the confidence to succeed!!

EXPOGIRL50 SparkPoints: (7,094)
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1/20/13 8:57 A

Always a tempting time. I make sure I have lots to keep me busy. I go to the library and keep a stash of good books, and if I get tempted, I go upstairs (away from food) and read. I take a little walk, call a friend/family, clean out a closet or drawer, or go brush my teeth.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/20/13 8:20 A

Yes, they're the worst. That's when I'd always snack on carbs when I was overweight. It was a hard habit to break. I found having a late dinner helped me. I eat my afternoon snack with my kids at 5pm while they have their dinner and then I have dinner with my hubby (he works late most days) at around 8pm. That way I'm filled up for the evening and just sip on water for the rest of the evening. My dinners are usually high in protein and complex carbs (veggies/black beans and fish or chicken).

My mom just made a good suggestion yesterday, to have a protein shake as a late night snack and just eat dinner at the normal time. I might give it a try.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/20/2013 (08:22)
SHAKATX2 SparkPoints: (2,430)
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1/20/13 7:55 A

Evenings are the hardest for me too. I do so well all day and then I snack while making dinner, eat dinner, snack after dinner. Ughhh.... then once I've started I fell so bad I keep eating. Any suggestions or tips??

1/20/13 5:08 A

I have the same issue. I find that if I'm not busy, then I eat. So, I'm going to try the 5-6 small meals per day along with afternoon exercise which boosts my energy level, helps me rest better and with the energy, I can organize the clutter in the house. Maybe this would help you?

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (88,193)
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1/20/13 4:20 A

Are you eating enough during the day? May be you can eat little more for dinner and this way you would feel less hungry in the evening. For me - its opposite. I am very hungry around
10 am. And this is after i had breakfast. I do exercise a lot - so i just have 2 breakfast instead.

AREEJ_R SparkPoints: (27,942)
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1/20/13 2:57 A

three days ago i put a streak for myself to eat 2-3 hours before going to bed
and i notice my sleeping is being comfort and enough

when i get hungry i ate an apple or lettuce with some low fat cheese and drink green, white, tea
or low fat yogurt with some berries , or coffee with milk make me full

and the best thing to not crave is to sleep early

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1/19/13 11:08 P

I find that evenings (especially late evenings) are the most difficult time for me to stick to any weight loss program. I am very hungry in the evening. I have tried a small apple with peanut butter (a suggestion from a leader of another program years ago), rice cake with peanut butter, & water water water. Any suggestions? emoticon

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