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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Cues to Eating and How to Control Them

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  • RBACA4HIM
    I have always struggled with this at night and even during the day - telling myself excuses like "I'll just have a little", or "i deserve this because I've been doing so well", etc. now, I ask myself "do you want to have a big, fat butt, yes or no?" :-) That's been working the best for me. - 4/23/2008 10:12:26 AM
  • LEANNC2
    What do you do? I need a plan to stop the monster. Unfortunately, like you it's almost like I have no control. And the foods I chose to eat at night (midnight and after) are ALWAYS things I would never have eaten during the day. I eat healthy during the day, but at night I binge on sweets and whatever I can find in the pantry. I do not keep many unhealthy foods in my cabinets, but I find whatever I can. Another problem is that it seems that I can't stop with just one or two bites-I really eat way too much. Please send ANY advice or suggestions that work for you. Thanks a lot - 4/23/2008 7:54:27 AM
  • PATBRI
    Im with you Christina- I feel like there is a monster inside telling me to eat at night- knowing full well of the repercussions- the self-hatred,not wanting to get up the next dat etc- nad I let this monster take over - 4/17/2008 12:42:26 PM
  • every evening my appetite turns into a monster. i feel like i have no control. like something takes over my mind and body completely. - 4/13/2008 5:44:46 PM
  • My problem is that I prefer to eat my calories at night. When it really comes down to it, the evening meal is when I can prepare food and eat it at home at a nice even pace.
    Mornings are too crazy for much of a breakfast, my lunch options feel limited (due to time between classes), and then I go home, have a light snack, and have dinner after evening activities.... I don't binge in the evening and eat enough to feel satisfied.
    My other peeve with saying a specific time like that is I used to wake up at noon when I had a night job and I kept reading not to eat before I'd have lunch...

    I do have problems with getting enough sleep and need to work on that. - 4/9/2008 3:30:10 PM
  • SALSAQUEEN82
    i thought this article was great, but i'm still a little confused! if a calorie is calorie anytime of the day, then why the suggestion to stop eating a few hours before bedtime?

    i ALWAYS need a snack later on in the evening after dinner...otherwise i feel slightly nauseous and i can't fall asleep!

    is 200-250 calories for a nighttime snack too much? i'm not sure. if it's not going over my daily calories, is this still a problem?

    any thoughts would be great :) - 4/9/2008 3:21:32 AM
  • This article is right on time. I struggle with this particular problem all the time. I love September's suggestion of 100 calorie popcorn and seltzer water. But to be honest my problem isn't snacking, it's eating two - three helpings of supper! - 4/4/2008 7:03:25 PM
  • KMURRAY9
    I eat dinner in the evening BECAUSE I work all day, go to aerobics classes, prepare dinner, and sit down to eat with my husband at 7:30. (Because HE goes to the gym and works out after work). Since I get up at 6AM, I'm in bed by 10. I worry constantly about overeating before bedtime-and weight gain. I don't know what should/could give here. - 4/4/2008 4:44:55 PM
  • KMURRAY9
    I eat dinner in the evening BECAUSE I work all day, go to aerobics classes, prepare dinner, and sit down to eat with my husband at 7:30. (Because HE goes to the gym and works out after work). Since I get up at 6AM, I'm in bed by 10. I worry constantly about overeating before bedtime-and weight gain. I don't know what should/could give here. - 4/4/2008 4:44:50 PM
  • KMURRAY9
    I eat dinner in the evening BECAUSE I work all day, go to aerobics classes, prepare dinner, and sit down to eat with my husband at 7:30. (Because HE goes to the gym and works out after work). Since I get up at 6AM, I'm in bed by 10. I worry constantly about overeating before bedtime-and weight gain. I don't know what should/could give here. - 4/4/2008 4:41:30 PM
  • During the day I eat fine but at night I sometimes lose it. I sometimes find candy wrappers or other evidence in the morning. During the day I would never even want to eat that junk but at night watching tv all relaxed it feels fine. Understanding this about me reminds me how I will feel in the morning. I try to keep junk out of the house, and especially my room, because I know I am at my weakess at night. - 4/2/2008 12:17:31 PM
  • I have heard identifying the problem is the first step in solving it. This article makes me want to get out the "big guns" and attack it. I have put in place many weight loss tactics. But this looms as a diet buster for me. I think I will need to really focus on this one. Night aftr night , even on really well controlled days I blow it at night. Seeing that others have the same problem helps me, too. Many people are trying to help me lose weight. they say "just" do.......this, this, this because it woeked for them. I get frustrated even though they have good intentions. Thanks for this article. - 3/30/2008 6:36:42 AM
  • What a relief! This is the biggest struggle in my weight loss. I tried the whole "no eating after 6 p.m"..But I am starving by 10. My biggest weakness is that I love to have a snack while reading my book before bed.

    I have accepted the fact that i am a night time snacker..So I enjoy a bag of 100 calorie pop corn, with butter spray and a little parmesan chese..To top it off I have a diet coke or a large glass of water with a water flavor packet..It tastes like "cheating" but I am remaining "faithful" to my weight loss goals! - 3/10/2008 6:17:13 PM
  • Good to know that more people have this problem. I'll share a great thing that worked for me. After a certain time (say 7 or 8 p.m.) I would brush my teeth and only chew sugerless gum and drink water to get me though the evening. I would do this at least 4 to 5 evenings of the week. I would allow some healthy snacking on the weekends in the evenings (eg. nachos/salsa, popcorn, veggies and dip, fruit, frozen yogurt). - 3/8/2008 1:13:16 PM
  • You guys are great, how did you know i am struggeling with this? Then you give us this article and it came at the right time.
    Thank you for the tips, i am going to try it.
    Hugs
    Patsy - 3/7/2008 2:21:17 AM

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