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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

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    omg this is me .. it's crazy , i do good all weekend with the boyfriend , he goes home sunday morning , i don't do too bad. busy all day until night hits , it's like i can't get enough , starts with a few chips , then peanuts ok need something to wash it all down with, then i decide ok eat a meal, so i don't snack, so i do that , then ice cream , oh but still not full.? i have some cheese , gosh, it's like i can't get enough and not sure why i do this. i need a support system, oh forgot to mention bought a bag of gummies , are you thinking i just had 1 or 2 , not ! i ate the whole bag, i guess i really think , that i do good all week i can splurge on sunday , i am sure i gain 2lbs on sundays...grrrrrr , tried doing a puzzle but , gosh i have to have a snack when i am doing it .. ok this lifestyle sucks and i know it .
  • SHINTEETAH, "proceeding" is correct; you are thinking of "preceding". But I like your time travel idea! :)
  • Great article. I can see how this would get out of hand. It just starts with a small nibble and next thing you know you are binging. I never eat out of the box, and I always measure and track what I eat. Although it is hard sometimes because I would like to eat everything in site! Tracking and measuring helps a bunch!
  • ANGEL115707
    I now what gets me. All day long, I am busy, so I don't mind being a little hungry. at night, I hate going to bed hungry. Too many nights I remember going to bed hungry and not being able to sleep. I'll toss and turn if I am hungry. So many people say you should not eat after the sun goes down, or you should not eat several hours before bed.... then I won't sleep!!! About all I can do is pace myself, and maybe even just eat a couple bites of protein right before bed so my tummy doesn't drive me mad....
  • "Consuming a large amount of food before bedtime can also result in indigestion and sleep problems, which can trigger you to eat more during the proceeding days."

    Pretty sure this should be "subsequent," unless we're involving time travel in our weight loss efforts. Which would be awesome.
  • Try hot beverages like herbal tea (they seem more satisfying than cold ones), and if nothing else will satisfy, pop some popcorn. Also, my trigger foods are easy to avoid during the day but not so much in my own home - I found that there is no such thing as moderation when it comes to some oods for me, so they are simply not around anymore.
  • Because I have reactive hypogycemia and am insulin resistant, I have to eat a little protein every 3 hrs per doc orders. Of course, I'm not eating thru the night, but I do have to have something throughout the day.
  • I keep reading comments about eating at night or binge eating. Both are very real. But I also read people writing in about " this is the same information that has been going around for years" that too is true. However as I became overweight 25 years ago, my doctor told me something I never forgot " to lose weight you have to take in less than you expend" That was 20 years ago. also told me that "binge eating is more about a behavioral/mental problem than a health issues" Maybe these items have been recycled because it is that simple for 95% of all people. Those pesky facts.... :-) Keep the fact coming folks
  • Excellent point. Dinner is the cut off, no matter what time it falls for you.
  • A lot of it also depends on when you go to bed. If you go to bed at 10 and get up at 7, it would make sense to have a majority of your calories before 5. However, if you get up at 10 and go to bed after midnight, you still have half your day ahead of you at 5 PM... why would you stop fueling yourself?

    Yes, mindless eating in the evening would be a problem. But if you say "hmm, I'm hungry, let me go get a piece of fruit" that is not a problem.

    On most days, I don't eat breakfast, and for me, that makes sense. I get up fairly late (9 to 10), unless I am going somewhere (if I get up early, I do have breakfast). It wouldn't make sense for me to eat breakfast at 11 to eat lunch an hour later.

    However, it does make sense for me to have a snack after dinner. I don't eat unhealthy snacks, but I do often measure out some fruit and nuts into a bowl and eat that. It keeps me going until I'm ready to go to bed.
  • I agree regarding the diet soda. We read all the time about how bad they are for us and that they cause us to be hungrier. Why would that be a suggestion? A lot of them have caffeine, as well, which is not a great idea before bed.

    Also, drinking anything close to bed time can result in a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, thus interrupting that 7-8 hours of desired sleep.

    I thought the article was great with this exception.
  • I know this is a problem for a great many (most?) people. But for me, it went beyond just bad habit. My whole life I've gotten up in the middle of the night to eat once or twice, but in my mid-20s it started to get worse. The frequency increased slowly until I was waking up literally hourly feeling absolutely *famished* - just so.darn.hungy! No matter what I ate, no matter when I ate, no matted how much I ate (even deliberately overfeeding) - it didn't help. I was so tired all the time from never getting solid sleep. It was impacting my life, but I didn't want to see a doctor because what would I say? "I can't sleep because I eat all night"? I expected the doc to say "eat more at dinner and see if that helps."

    So before shelling out $$ for a doc visit, I went searching online for what it could be. I found that some people do suffer from something called "Night Eating Syndrome" - where the body's rhythms for sleep and eating get out of sync. Sufferers tend to eat through the night, and then not be hungry for breakfast. Sufferers tend to be overweight, though I am not. It is theorized that it is caused by serotonin issue (serotonin being responsible for regulating both sleep and appetite). Antidepressants are used to resolve it. I didn't want to take it that far if I could help it (antidepressants have so many side effects). I started taking 5HTP supplements (OTC in the US). It helps a bit, probably not as well as a prescription, but without all the side effects.

    Now I'm back to once or twice a night. It's still not ideal, and I still struggle, but the supplement does help. If others feel like their eating might be more than just a side-effect of reduced caloric intake, you might try it.
  • Here's another idea...DON'T have diet soda! haha why would they suggest that?!
    Other than that, it's a pretty decent article. Simple, but good.
    Raw veggies do NOTHING for me, they are just cellulose, and no satisfaction from eating that, I don't care how fresh they are. Fruit works, we eat cut up strawberries at night, but I have a Skinny Cow treat every night at 7 pm, and that and the fruit keeps me from eating more. I drink hot coffee or iced coffee, depending on the season, and I do that until bedtime, that also keeps me fuller feeling.

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