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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

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  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is my whole problem with regaining so I have to work on NOT snacking at night. LOL
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I totally agree with the whole evening eating thing. When they say eat like a king in the morning, a prince in the afternoon and a popper in the evening, listen to them. I believe we would all be thin if we followed this advice.
    As far as getting enough sleeps goes...there is a happy medium. Getting too much or too little sleep can be a detriment to the scale. Don't be a martyr and get adequate sleep. Your body and your mind will greatly thank you for it.
    Warmly,
    Pattie
  • BAMAJAM
    From oh so many comments---this is a problem for MANY OF US!! There are some great tips. I laugh at Dr. Phil's tip, "stay out of the kitchen!"...haha
    One called it the evening eating "curse"... and I blame my taste bud demons!
    What a good tip from a Sparker to have hard cooked eggs on hand; only a 70 calorie snack. Also, it is good to chew slowly. Too often I gulp down food, BAD!
    Having your evening meal already cooked in the crock pot is also good--preventing snacking while having to prepare dinner. I used to eat a packet of oatmeal in hot water, just before I left the office. This really takes the hunger edge off for me. I called it my nutrition "medicine".... It is healthy and it keeps me from binging.
    Sparkpeople --- thank you for all your support. We are in this effort together !!
  • DAVEBROWN9
    Most people don't realize that the omega-6 content of many sorts of snacks can cause the munchies - that is, stimulate overeating. http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899
    -9007%2810%2900391-6/abstract
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    etin/ww_en_db_cannabis_artikel.php?id=367

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