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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 work nights 3 nights / week, so on my off nights I tend to stay up late. Currently it's 1:30 am, close to the time I'd take my lunch break at work, and I'm starving! My stomach is like, "come on, time for lunch!" but my rational mind is trying to convince myself to get ready for bed so that I can be awake during the daylight hours tomorrow. Hmm. - 6/24/2008 1:33:08 AM
  • The part about sleep regulating leptin and ghrelin production is a real eye-opener. What doesn't help me is an evening job with mandatory overtime. My sleep schedule can be hard to manage, especially if I don't get off work until 7:15 in the morning, and have to be back in at 3:00 (and a 35 minute commute!). The evening job also doesn't help my evening eating, because co-workers often bring in carb-y snack food to share. Also, eating dinner around 7:00 leaves me wanting more by the time I get home around midnight. I'm new to this, but I think I may have to plan an evening snack to prevent the 'getting home hunger', just because my daily schedule is shifted to be a lot later than a 9-5. Thanks a ton for the article. - 6/21/2008 12:34:22 AM
  • What an excellent article. Definitely a keeper. - 6/9/2008 10:58:43 AM
  • I used to be really bad about eating a lot in the evenings. One thing that helps me is brushing my teeth as soon as I'm done with dinner. I can't stand the taste of toothpaste mixing with other food, so I tend not to eat after brushing, and by the time the toothpaste taste goes away, any cravings for dessert or snacking before bed has gone away too. And if it doesn't go away quickly, I just drink some water and think about it's the best thing to consume if I just have to have something close to bedtime. - 5/11/2008 2:47:04 AM
  • I just had this discussion with my SIL. Do fine all day and then it is like this other person, the fat person comes out and wants to EAT!
    - 5/6/2008 12:18:22 PM
  • Thank you everyone for making me feel somewhat normal! My husband and I have had this discussion in the past. Night time is the only time he sees me eating and by that point in the day, I am out of control. The problem I have is that I usually will realize I'm doing it prior to taking the plunge, but I feel like I just don't care what the consequences are---I'm starving--and as many of you have pointed out, "I've been good all day!"
    Any other ideas out there to satisfy and divert this behavior? - 5/4/2008 9:21:05 PM
  • LULU0218
    This is exactly what I do. It's when I unwind at night that I make poor eating choices. - 5/1/2008 11:58:23 AM
  • Nighttime eating is one of my biggest strugges and leaves me feeling "hung-over" the next day - sick, regretful, and despairing of ever changing. One thing I have come to realize is that the problem starts way before the evening. As the article pointed out, lack of sleep increases hunger, especially for simple carbohydrates. I am living proof of this. Also, I have noticed that if I eat protein for breakfast, and actually eat a balanced lunch a few hours after breakfast, this has more of an effect on evening eating than what I eat for dinner. I felt better, and less alone, after reading everyone's comments. - 4/24/2008 12:41:28 AM
  • I am glad I read this article. I always noticed I had less temptation to eat after a good nights sleep. Interesting to know what causes the evening cravings and how I can deal with them.

    Thanks so much. - 4/23/2008 1:50:41 PM
  • 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

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