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5/2/13 9:32 A

There's nothing inherently wrong with eating before bedtime. I mean, if you aren't going over your calorie range or stuffing your face with tons of junk food, you're not going to hurt anything by eating before bed.

On the other hand, if you truly aren't hungry and you're just eating for the sake of it, well, I understand wanting to conquer that. I don't really have any great advice, because I am a bedtime snacker and I deliberately save calories so I can have my bedtime snack every evening. :) I just wanted to point out that IMO, staying between 1200 and 1500 calories is amazing, even if you aren't eating "perfectly"-- the low end of my range is 1530 so I can't imagine eating down close to 1200 every day.

Good luck!

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5/2/13 8:23 A


When it gets to be around the time you go for the bedtime snack, pop in a piece of sugarless gum. Since you say it's not hunger, then you're probably just looking for a taste in your mouth.

Give it a try, see if it helps break the habit of going for food.

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5/2/13 8:02 A

I second the tea idea. Also, if you brush your teeth after dinner, it helps you not snack, because otherwise you would have to brush them again and also it makes food taste funny.

I also agree that you shouldn't beat yourself up about it if you are staying within your range. No one is perfect.

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5/2/13 7:55 A

your ranges and limbo do not have the same rules. the goal of eating is to fuel your body, not to eat the fewest calories possible. the goal of weightloss is to eat fewer calories than you burn, but the point isn't to stick as closely as possible to 1200 cals. it's to create a deficit that will add up to losing about 1% of your bodyweight per week [or about half that if you are within about 30-40lbs of your goal or you're quite active].

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5/2/13 7:49 A

Most nights after dinner I make a mug of green tea and that seems to satisfy my "need" for something sweet. My current favorite is Honey Lemon Ginseng.

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5/2/13 7:37 A

I am not hungry I dont know I need to re program my head I guess. It is in my head that I want that snack at bed time not my hunger

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5/2/13 7:10 A

you're supposed to have AT LEAST the 1200.
Why are you beating yourself up?

Based on your activity for the day - going toward the 1500 (and on some days, even a bit over) is not bad.

Ensure you're getting a wide range of nutrients, including good fats, carbohydrates and protein, and you'll find you're satisfied, and less likely to mindlessly eat, if that's your issue.

Best wishes.

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5/2/13 6:15 A

Yesterday I did stay in between my goals for cal. but if I wouldnt of had my bed time snack I would have done better. I was not hungry at all but still had to have it. I hate this I wish I could stop this bad habit of mine any ideas advice ?

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