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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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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 !!
    Most people don't realize that the omega-6 content of many sorts of snacks can cause the munchies - that is, stimulate overeating.

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