A small snack seems to work so far. I think it may have been habit to prowl the cupboards at night due to boredom, being alone and rebelling against what I 'should be doing'. Knowing it's okay to pick up a healthy snack pretty much alleviates the habit, whether I actually eat it or not.
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pop corn..... fruit.....anything but blatant fat
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I have nothing after I go to bed unless I can't sleep then it is a drink
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If I'm hungry I have something to eat (depending on how many calories I have spare. If I've got plenty of calories I might have toast and peanut butter - otherwise fruit.) If I'm not actually hungry but just want to nibble I make a drink and take it up to bed. When I've had the drink I clean my teeth - and that's me done for the night!
I try to plan a snack then if I don't have it I'm ahead!
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My son (14 years old) moved in with me in July so it is not as easy to keep the bad snacks out of the house. I do so much better during the day when I'm working but do my best to keep the night snacking to a minimum.
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I plan my snacks into my meals but that doesn't always help. So what I try to do is spread them out over the evening.
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1,307 8/24/13 1:21 A
It is a myth to not eat before bed. Weight loss is about calories in vs out and not the time of day you eat. I actually feel having a balanced snack can help in sleep and keep blood sugar level. So a small bowl of whole grain cereal and milk for example. In my opinion eating at night has gotten a bad rap because people tend to consume too much at that time and pick high calorie treats rather then a nice snack.
I used to eat/graze from dinner to bed, so to cut back, now I schedule an evening snack and if I forget to eat it, fine... but have a snack most evenings. Used to also schedule a bedtime snack and after a while forgot to eat that and now rarely do. It has helped :)
I don't....EXCEPT if I get temped to buy something like a muffin in the deli while I"m getting lunch, then it's on my mind until I either eat it or toss it away!!
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LOL, my computer loaded this message very slowly, so for 20 or 30 seconds it was asking "night time eating? What is your best tactic?: LOL I have the best tactics for eating too much after dinner! So in that vien...in order to eat too much at night do the following:
1. Don't get enough protein and fat through out the day. After all, they keep you full! 2. Don't schedule a late evening snack.. sounds way too practical. 3. Keep lots of fattening snacks on hand. Cut up veggies and ready to go fruits would encourage healthy snacking. 4. Don't plan activities that keep your hands busy. The commercial about the manicure and the bag of chips proves how messy that can be. 5. Don't address the insomnia Being tired and eating to keep awake are great ways of putting away the calories and sabotaging ourselves! .
You have received a lot of good advice already and I realy would encourage following up on the sleep issues. 1. Try a regular routine. Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday. 2. Limit caffeine after 3 pm. 3. Develop a bed time routine to include turning off electronics an hour before bedtime, a warm bath or shower etc. 4. See your doctor if the above don't work. There is nothing inherently evil or addictive about sleep aids. I've taken the same med at the same dose for 10 years as my hubbys snoring keeps me awake. And no, he doesn't have sleep apnea so no CPAP to save the night!
Thank you for all the helpful ideas! I do use the food tracker and find it very helpful. I don't believe that the problem has to do with not getting enough of a certain nutrient group, because I have the proportions bang-on usually. I recently came off a very irregular work/sleep schedule so my body may be out of whack (hopefully temporarily). I like the idea of setting aside a calorie allowance to have that night snack, but I thought that eating just before sleep was a no-no. Is that a dieting myth?
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"Maybe portion your last 200 kcal to be your late night snack, that way you don't go over and you still get to eat something at night!
- Message Posted by: EOWYN2424 - 8/23/2013 "
THIS THIS AND THIS!!!!
It totally works for me. It's my version of fourthmeal. I save it for eating some protein when I'm done working out. Or simply to have to enjoy a fudgecicle or a handful of chips. Whatever I'm in the mood for.
If I'm in the mood for nothing and I'm not hungry...hey hey...another 200 calories towards the differential.
If not, I eat something I want to. And knowing I'm going to do that helps me push away from the dinner table when I've had enough, as opposed to trying to "load up" for the night.
I've never had the urge to eat during the night time if I wake up. My brother-in-law wakes up every night, however, with an urge to eat. He keeps low-cal fruit cups in the fridge and has one every night. Satisfies a sweet craving, douses any hunger pains, and gives him an excuse to get up and stretch and get that "tired" feeling back. Just a suggestion, if you have to eat something.
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Ever since I my first pregnancy, I went from sleeping straight through the night to waking multiple times before dawn. That was over 5 years ago and I have maybe made it through a whole night what I can count on one hand. Weak bladder. :(
But it wasn't until recently I began getting the urge to eat in the middle of the night (which would sometimes rack up an extra 500-1000 cals, btw!) I've learned that it happens because being on a calorie deficit is well, let's face it... tough at times. It's not our body's ideal way of functioning. After awhile our hormones (Grehlin, Leptin, Cortisol, etc.) are going to tell us to EAT!!! They get all out of whack, which is why so many people gain weight back after losing weight. So yes... this happened to me once I reached my goal weight.
I paid attention to patterns and such in my eating. Love Spark reports/records to really analyze my eating trends. It seems ever 3rd and/or 4th day I am exceptionally hungry, this is always when I'd find myself overeating in the evening or middle of the night. So I learned to beat my body to the punch. Every 3rd and/or 4th day, I plan a refeed day where I eat close to my average TDEE (around 1700-1800 cals) and food of my choosing. That way my hunger hormones don't decide they want a pint of ice cream in the middle of the night while I don't have my wits about me.
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I agree about making sure you eat enough during the day and with balance. Also could you plan a healthy snack at night? Especially if you stay up late having a healthy snack could help.
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22,349 8/23/13 3:04 A
If you have a problem with sleeping, then you need to deal with the reasons for it.
Apart from finding something constructive to do to take your mind of food, it would pay to check out what you eat during the day. Do you use the Nutrition Tracker? If not, then I strongly suggest that you do, and weigh all of your food for increased accuracy. THEN you will be able to check and see if you are getting enough protein, plenty of fibre via fruit/veges and wholegrains, and quality fats from sources such as Avocado, Walnuts, Olive Oil or Rice Bran Oil, or maybe your are eating a little too much processed carbs, which leaves us with the munchies fairly quickly after eating. It can also cause unsettled sleep.
Good luck with finding what works best for you. Kris
Thanks :) I do have trouble sleeping so it's especially tempting . . .
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It's a hard one especially if like me you have a hard time sleeping. I now exercise instead of mindless eating. I would put on a tape and exercise maybe for 15 minutes in the evening as I already did my hour during the day. It is mind over matter and a lot of self talk.
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