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  • It's nice to know that I am not the only one who does this! Nighttime eating is my HUGEST problem! I'd be a skinny minny if it weren't for my night eating!! Great article, I hope that I will actually apply it.
  • I try to stop eating at 6:30. If I have anything else I try to stick with water. It has been very hard since the kids eat a snack sometimes around 7:00.
  • I am a night time eater! I found this article very informative! I know I am eating more of my calories at night. I don't get enough sleep. I am going to try a new approach to how I am eating thanks to this article.
  • i try not to eat after 7:30 in the evening, but my snack if i have to is jello or fruit, i have lost 20 pounds since March, and i try to drink 8 to 9 glasses of water every day. my biggest meal is lunch time.
  • I've found reading "Shrink Yourself" by ROGER GOULD, M.D. on stopping emotional eating to be a big help. There is a SparkTeam to discuss the book. Most "evening eating" is about "mouth hunger" and not about nutrition.
  • CRAFTY...I think you missed the point of the question. If you eat more than a third of your meals of calories after 5 PM (like I do!), then you need to monitor yourself. Becky isn't saying that you should stop eating after 5, just that 5 is a good time during the day when most "evenings" start. So if you're on a 2000 calorie diet, and you eat 1000 of them after dinner (even if dinners is at 7) you have a problem.

    I think the point is that most people come home after work and are hungry, and they snack while cooking dinner, then eat that dinner, and then snack some more in front of the TV. So if you break your days into 3 5 hours blocks (just for the sake of example), you should eat around 600 calories between 7 and 12, 600 between 12 and 5, and 600 between 5 and 10 PM. Its just about balance...

    Does that make more sense? I don't want you to think that you have to eat dinner by 5?!?
  • Most of this article makes sense, but... How much do you eat after 5pm? Hello - like most people are going to have supper before 5pm, then stay up another 5 hours and go to bed at 10pm with nothing else to eat, and have that last them until breakfast? Depending on what time that happens, could be a 12-14 hour fast, or even more. How about what you eat after 7pm? That allows most people to get home from work, eat dinner, and have that 2-3 hours before bedtime. Or am I missing something here? If I eat supper before 5pm, better believe I'm going to want more to eat before bed - and if I've been active, I'll probably want more than a 100 calorie snack!
  • I had to laugh at the comment RBACA4HIM made - I think i will try posing that question to myself now before indulging in high calorie/high fat items--- Do i want a big fat butt? yes or no? LOL
  • Time for bed, Get book,and get snack ready! Maybe pretzels some lunch meat and how about a sugar-free popsicle. Good for me also My water. Help!!!
  • 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.

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