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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Cues to Eating and How to Control Them

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  • MONADM1
    Try to avoid anything that may contain simple or complex carbohydrates for a week and you'll be surprised how fast the overeating in the evening stops !

    I have been on the Ideal Protein Diet for 60 days now and have not had a single urge to overeat, at night. My schedule doesn't allow to always stick to regular mealtimes. So, the absence of carbs seems to make the difference. - 8/6/2012 12:57:49 AM
  • "The arbitrary 5.00pm" - well no, it is not arbitrary. It is merely a time of day that means something to millions of folk, but is obviously not viable for shift-workers.
    If you are on shift work, or other not-usual timings, change it around to suit.
    Your 5.00pm may be my 3.00am, who knows. Just use the information as guidance - it is so not trying to set down time rules for us all, just to give us ideas, and help us to make better decisions about our food and our lives. - 8/5/2012 5:51:48 PM
  • OR...you could just cut wheat and grains from your diet and the cravings and urge to binge on evening carbs will vanish. Mine did. To learn more about the addictive quality of wheat read Dr. William Davis' book "Wheat Belly". It really doesn't have to be a battle of will power if you understand why you're constantly fighting a losing war with cravings and binging. - 8/5/2012 2:52:45 PM
  • I am so guilty of this. I am fine all day but as soon as I hit the house look out. I eat dinner, dessert and snack all evening long. I work 8-5 most days but don't always get a lunch break so I'll have a snack at my desk so when I get home I'm starving and stressed so unfortunately eating is my down fall. Late night eating does pack on the pounds. When I worked 7-3:30 and had a regular lunch break everyday I didn't do this in the evening and I have packed on the weight since my schedule changed. - 8/5/2012 2:10:42 PM
  • Aw man!!!...this is so my problem...& my husband & son do the same thing...just last night I had to stop my son from munching on dorritos or he would have eaten the entire bag...i will definitly be more aware of this now...great article.... - 8/5/2012 12:51:50 PM
  • The arbitrary 5pm bothers me (as it does so many others.) I work irregular hours, DH works midnights. Our dinner is normally 7-730 pm. This is the time I get to spend with him, I am not going to eat alone earlier (if I am even home from work) and then force him to eat alone later.
    The suggestions to keep the hands busy and away from food were good, but the 5 pm cut-off alienated me and I almost didn't read all the way to the end of the article. - 8/5/2012 12:01:51 PM
  • TURNINGTABLES21
    Oh Em Gee! How did you get inside my head? Or my house for that matter?

    Lately, evening snacking is a huge, huge problem for me. I have usually kept it light - a freezer pop (or two) and I'm okay. Occasionally a soda pop.

    But my youngest is going away to college in a week, which will mean both my kids are away at college. So I am eating! Alot! And I can keep it under control for the most part until evening, and then I fall apart.

    Don't you dare ask me how may cookies I had last night! And sadly, they did not even taste good.

    Food is not for chasing away fears, food is for nourishment. I think I gonna write that on the palm of both my hands.


    - 8/5/2012 10:22:20 AM
  • This is my biggest problem. It is easy for me during the day. But at nite. I can't seem to stay out of the fridge. - 8/5/2012 10:18:21 AM
  • I also don't understand the 5pm. Of course I have 1/3 of my calories after 5 pm, it is called dinner.

    This is a good article, except for the eating after 5pm being a red flag, it isn't if you have dinner after 5pm.

    Maybe it should say if you eat after your evening meal not 5 pm. - 8/5/2012 10:14:19 AM
  • This is my whole problem with regaining so I have to work on NOT snacking at night. LOL - 8/5/2012 9:47:30 AM
  • SNOWBECH
    What I don't understand, how does your body know what time it is? I do try not to eat after 6:00, sometimes with my work schedule it is much later. - 8/5/2012 9:21:09 AM
  • KATHIE_B
    What's with 5:00? We aren't even home from work at 5:00? Breakfast is fuel before work. I eat my lunch alone in the stockroom (talk about dull) Dinner is a pleasant time to socialize and have a nice meal with my DH. So of course I have more than 1/3 of my calories at dinner. Eating mini-meals all day long may work for some people but like "One Size Fits All" it does NOT work for everyone. - 8/5/2012 7:59:00 AM
  • I agree JANERAMI. I don't get up until 10:30 am. I work 2nd shift and 5:00 pm is also my lunch time. I spread my meals and snacks throughout the day and have lost 30 pounds in 5 months. - 8/5/2012 2:42:28 AM
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours a night ?!?! I sleep at most 6 hours a night. My leptin and gherlin levels are probably not balanced correctly because of that. Oh well, what can I do about it? I can not force myself to sleep. - 7/29/2012 10:44:11 AM
  • JANERAMI
    Some of the questions need to be adjusted to one's personal schedule. I work till 2:00 am and sleep until qbout 10:30 am, so for me, 5:00 pm is lunchtime. - 7/19/2012 1:08:05 PM

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