It is frustrating to me when people give a time by which we are to have stopped eating, or eaten most of our calories. Since I work shift work (get off work at midnight) I am usually eating lunch around 5 or 6 and have another meal to go. I wish they gave guidelines relative to time of sleep so that I could adjust them to my schedule.
These days it is a little hard to have dinner before 5pm. I get home around 3pm most nights, but my husband doesn't get home until 5:30 at the earliest. I don't want to eat dinner before he gets home. I usually take care of the dogs and exercise, then get dinner ready after all that is done, closer to the time he should be home.
4/28/2011 11:05:02 AM
I ususally end up eating after 7 because I come home round half 5 and do exercise as soon as possible-if I eat, I know I'll wait to digest and then make excuses not to exercise. It's irrtating, but I got to do it!
How timely that I read this today since I JUST discussed this with my husband this week. I do SO GOOD during the day, and then dinner time comes around and I just eat and eat and eat and eat before I know it I'm WAY over on my calories. Thanks for the helpful tips!
11/11/2010 5:29:47 AM
I am all or nothing. If I plan for not eating at all after work, I do great. If I plan to eat a 400 calorie meal, it turns into a 600 calorie meal. I believe it is because I relax and let my guard down. Recently it has been because I am tired and overwhelmed and there is always so much to do in the evening.
Hi there! I am certainly not a guru on food. I have gained and lost 25-50 lbs at least ten times over. But when my grandchild, at 8 years old, became at the top of her percentile in weight and height, actually 100%...we began to worry. So I looked around and on the bootom of the lid of sugar free-fat free whipped topping they showed a "cute" little recipe. One graham cracker broke in half with 2 Tablespoons of whipped topping, put in freezer and let freeze. A wonderful ice cream sandwich! Now I just eat a couple of Tablespoons frozen right out of the freezer, spinkled with a bit of cinnamon. Heaven! Just 25 cals. Honestly it does the trick for me! Thanks for all the tips!
10/15/2010 11:59:21 AM
I think a lot of my evening eating occurs just because I feel like it is "MY time" and I should be able to let my guard down a little. However, it is also MY goal to lose weight, and clearly this habit is getting in the way. Over half of my daily calories are consumed after 5:00pm! I'm thankful for this article. It has led me to discover that I need to develop a plan for self-control at night.
10/7/2010 9:41:22 PM
My problem is being so busy through out the day, that I don't manage to get dinner cooked and on the table until usually around 8 -- and that's on a good day! We've eaten as late as 9:30 before, usually on nights when I've had school...can't help those nights, when class starts at 6, goes until 9, and you have to leave work and RUN out the door just to be on time for class...dinner just comes after.
In fact, I do eat a banana every evening before going to bed. Believe it or not, this is what puts me to sleep. Digestion is one of my big problems and I tend to fall asleep every time I have a meal, so I use this problem to put me to sleep at night. Maybe I'm crazy, but it works.
I plan a snack too. But sometimes the unplanned takes over, ha ha! Especially when I have trouble falling asleep. I used to eat bowls of cereal - now I will try hot cocoa (not too many calories made with super skim) - the hardboiled egg idea is a great one! Or a cup of herbal tea. But I don't worry too much even if I go over my limit a bit since I usually fall asleep fairly easily - I just try to hold this to 200-300 cals., preferably less.
I can completely relate to this. I fear this is one of the biggest reasons weight loss is so hard for me. I like that this article offered things to do to help combat nighttime overeating, and I plan to apply some of them.
8/19/2010 9:49:56 PM
I eat a medium dinner (300-400 calories) around 5 before im hungry. i eat less and i allow for more calories for a night time snack. I usually have popcorn, a fat-free double chocolate puding with whipped cream, or and orange and a little piece of chocolate. i usually still go under on my points.
Who doesn't eat significant calories after 5:00 pm? Most people don't get home from work till 6 at least. Most guidelines tell you to avoid significant calories after 7:00 pm, which is much more realistic.
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