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ANARIE
Posts: 12,350
1/16/13 5:26 P

Well, it's perfectly normal to get hungry if you have a meal at 6 and try to go without eating until 1. If you had breakfast at 6 am, wouldn't you want another meal before 1 in the afternoon?

If you can't change your schedule to get to bed earlier, just plan for another meal. Around midnight, eat a bowl of oatmeal, a sandwich, some soup (for extra veggies), or whatever else you'd like as a small meal. That probably means eating just a tiny bit less at each of the other meals to "make room" in your calorie allowance, but that shouldn't be a huge problem, especially if you make that last meal the "veggie catch-up meal" to make sure you're getting in your 5-a-day.

And promise yourself that you won't go out after dinner, car or no car. If you want a cup of coffee, make one. Late night coffee runs are a waste of time and money besides bringing in the extra calories. You interrupt your study time, and you probably also end up getting at least 1/2 hour less sleep (which is actually often a reason for college weight gain. Getting enough sleep is just as important to weight control as exercise is.) A good way to do this is to think of something you really want but haven't bought yourself because it's "too expensive" or "you have more important things to spend your money on." Get a nice picture of that item and attach it to a nice little jar or box. Every day that you don't go out for coffee, put the money you would have spent on the coffee (plus a little for gas) into your jar. Before long, you'll realize just how much you were spending on unnecessary convenience store runs, and you'll have an easy way to save some serious cash.



LUANN_IN_PA
Posts: 15,880
1/16/13 5:21 P

"I got a car and now all of the fast food and convenience stores are close by. "

Easiest thing would be to NOT get into the car to buy junk.

Keep fruit and nuts in your room to snack on will help too!



PRINCESSKATE25
Posts: 20
1/16/13 3:57 P

Since I started college 2.5 years ago I've picked up the nasty habit of night eating. The dining hall stops serving hot food at 7pm and my friends like to eat around 5:30-6:00 but with my schedule I'm up until around 1pm and starving. I used to force myself to eat something healthy by only buying healthy snacks at my trips to the grocery store but this year I got a car and now all of the fast food and convenience stores are close by. I'll go out just to grab a coffee and wind up getting a chocolate bar too. I'll tell myself that I'll just eat a little bit each time I finish some work but then I eat the whole thing right away. I was always small but I've gained 15 lbs since college started from these habits and I feel stuck now.



 
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