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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 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! - 7/1/2008 10:44:41 AM
  • 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. - 6/30/2008 11:55:42 AM
  • 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? - 6/24/2008 4:41:56 PM
  • 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 - 6/24/2008 12:04:05 PM
  • Sure does make alot of sense when someone spells it out to you Thank you for the wonderful is a true eye opener. - 6/24/2008 3:12:23 AM
  • 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
    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

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