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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

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  • Evening is the Only time of the day when I want Sweets. My theory is that the Evening Eating Monster comes out when the Sun goes down and the Moon takes over. The Moon is all about Emotion, so it is easy to be mindless and instinctual.
    Its also the time of day I watch television, more mindlessness. I DO eat enough during the thats not the problem. It is the food choices I make at nite thats the problem! Lately I've been trying to tell myself, You have a Choice here. You can eat something that is tasty, and be happy for a few moments...or you can Pay Attention to how you want to feel for the rest of your Life. Also, I am trying to ask: Will I hate myself in the Morning for this???
  • Very nice article.

    I try to have healthy snacks in the evening.

    I also agree with the idea that a calorie is a calorie.

    I was interested in the part about sleep and hormones.

  • I agree, this article was an eye-opener. I was wondering why I was getting only 5 or 6 hrs of sleep each night. I work 10 hrs a day with a 1hr commute each way. all I want to do when i get home is sit down and relax with some comfort food. i've tried taking up a new hobbie, reading, etc but that ice cream keeps calling my name-i hear you don't buy it. but it was a 2 for 1 sale-lol
  • This article is me all over!!! I am trying now to break the habit of turning the TV when i walk in the door from work (being a singleton it becomes my company!), and sit down to eat dinner and try to make sure I don't scoff it and ENJOY it! My new rule is no tv until 9pm.....mind you I find that once i sit down it's a case of .....ooooh I could do with a cuppa....and something sweet would be nice (why is it never a craving for an apple??)...and here we go again!!
    Yes, I am still a work in progress - but now that I realise it I do find that I have a little more control now.
    And another thing I am trying out - making a chocolate bar (or row of chocolate - always rich and dark now!) last at least 6 minutes - and after you do that, if you don't feel sick, you usually don't want anything more after it, other than a glass of water!!
    I feel there should be a picture of me next to the article!
    It really annoys me the fact that i've been doing so well during the day, and as soon as i get home and sit in front of the tv i just let myself go.. i the worst possible way. I don't binge, i just make poor choices (a.k.a. a glass of chocolate milk).
    So, what i've been doing is trying keep busy as soon as i get home: hop on the elliptical trainer, do laundry, organize my closet/purses/shoes/whatever, and go to bed soon.. and i mean soon, sometimes i'm bed (reading) by 10pm.
    I realize that my solution may not help those of you who have children, but i hope it helps!
  • I agree...I track all my meals and do so good during the day and then about 8 p.m. watch out...I get on the salty sweet kick and it goes downhill from there.
    I used to try to save calories for the evening, but when I do that..I really do binge...
    Great article.
  • Does anyone know if there are any articles about food addiction? I also binge eat at night and it seems there is a commonality among people who left comments of feeling out of control. For me, there is an overwhelming compulsion to overeat very large quantities of food with no regard of how I will feel afterward...just perpetuating the endless cycle. It sounds like an addiction to me. Any thoughts?
  • THIS IS ME! am a model sparker all day and then my alter ego comes out to play! maybe subconsciously i'm thinking, ye ive been good, treat yourself.
    gonna try the not eating after 5 deal. cant hurt right lol
    also i have 5 kids. cant remember last time i slept through. could be a factor.
    anyway, good to know im not alone
  • Sure does make alot of sense when someone spells it out to you Thank you for the wonderful is a true eye opener.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What an excellent article. Definitely a keeper.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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?

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