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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Cues to Eating and How to Control Them

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  • I eat dinner at 8 p.m. and have a snack at 11 p.m. .I try to have something every 3 hours,so eat many small meals daily, I do not eat any more total calories, if I stopped eating earlier I would not be able to sleep and always would wake up 2 hours after bedtime hungry & eat. I have lost 40 pounds.
  • BRIARGAL
    Really solid ideas.
  • Things totally got better for me when I was able to remove from my daily routine the evening eating.
  • I have been struggling with night time eating, like I can't get enough food even though I eat right during the day and get lots of exercise. Everything you have in this article makes good sense and helps me to better understand where this craziness is coming from. I am working hard at not munching at night by keeping my mind off food. I am better off not watching TV because of all the fast food commercials! Good thing for me the closest fast food is 12 miles away!!!lol
  • This is definitely me!! Most of the time it's ok because I'll go to the gym after dinner and then work out instead of eating.... but when I rest or workout in the morning I definitely snack in the evening. I started a list of snack ideas under 150 calories to choose from- SP has an article about popcorn flavors worth checking out!! Also I've gotten back into hobbies- if my hands are knitting or doing cross-stitch, they can't be eating chips.
  • I generally don't have too much trouble with night time eating, but last night my hubby brought out a box of cookies & my will power went down the tube. :/ He loves night time snacking. I am going to have to work harder. He is not trying to sabotage, he is just doing his thing...but it amounts to sabotage on my end, Lol.
  • KARENO05
    This is me as well. I have found that in the past couple of months, as long as I plan well and make sure I have a good amount of protein throughout the day, including a sugar free, protein bar around 3pm, I'm less likely to binge eat when I get home. It's taking me years to finally catch on :| But at least I have!
  • Huge problem for me control is always at somewhere around zero!!! Sometimes I just go to bed and funnily enough that stops the craving even if I don't go asleep. It's always junk food cravings never fruit etc
  • Well that certainly describes me to a tee! Guess I'd better work harder at tracking and keeping busy doing something besides eating in the evening! Good article!
  • My dilemma is that my blood sugars drop in the evening after eating dinner, so I need to eat something small to bring it back to a normal level. Then I wake up at various times in the night & check it again and it's getting low enough that I KNOW it will drop even more if I don't eat something. I'm pretty sure that I need to adjust my insulin dose, so will be talking to my Diabetes RN about this. Very good article!
  • This is a huge problem for me! It doesn't help that I have terrible insomnia and mild sleep apnea so I am usually sleep deprived. I used to carb load with junk food at night and the crash would help me get to sleep. Part of the reason for my night-time eating I have realized is anxiety - stress eating.
    Evening exercise just makes the insomnia worse. I'm trying to get in to the habit of morning exercise because my job requires me to be sitting all day keyboarding - between work and commute I have no option but to be sitting 10 hours a day Monday-Friday. This kind of work leaves me mentally exhausted and hurting all over at the end of the day.
  • BLRTAMPA
    omg this is me .. it's crazy , i do good all weekend with the boyfriend , he goes home sunday morning , i don't do too bad. busy all day until night hits , it's like i can't get enough , starts with a few chips , then peanuts ok need something to wash it all down with, then i decide ok eat a meal, so i don't snack, so i do that , then ice cream , oh but still not full.? i have some cheese , gosh, it's like i can't get enough and not sure why i do this. i need a support system, oh forgot to mention bought a bag of gummies , are you thinking i just had 1 or 2 , not ! i ate the whole bag, i guess i really think , that i do good all week i can splurge on sunday , i am sure i gain 2lbs on sundays...grrrrrr , tried doing a puzzle but , gosh i have to have a snack when i am doing it .. ok this lifestyle sucks and i know it .
  • SHINTEETAH, "proceeding" is correct; you are thinking of "preceding". But I like your time travel idea! :)
  • Great article. I can see how this would get out of hand. It just starts with a small nibble and next thing you know you are binging. I never eat out of the box, and I always measure and track what I eat. Although it is hard sometimes because I would like to eat everything in site! Tracking and measuring helps a bunch!
  • ANGEL115707
    I now what gets me. All day long, I am busy, so I don't mind being a little hungry. at night, I hate going to bed hungry. Too many nights I remember going to bed hungry and not being able to sleep. I'll toss and turn if I am hungry. So many people say you should not eat after the sun goes down, or you should not eat several hours before bed.... then I won't sleep!!! About all I can do is pace myself, and maybe even just eat a couple bites of protein right before bed so my tummy doesn't drive me mad....

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