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3/29/18 2:41 P

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I agree with others, if you are legit hungry during the evening, you should eat something. You say "hunger demons".. when I want to eat at night, it's more like.. snack demons, haha.


I notice your name is "Nightglow," you wrote a blog about being the only night owl in your home, so depending on your schedule.. it makes so much sense that you'd be hungry in the evening. There are all these "rules" that say "Don't eat after 6, 7, 8.." Bah. Tonight, I'm going to the gym after work, I will probably get home around 7:30 pm, I'm going to eat. There have been a few times (I usually don't let it happen) where my stomach is growling so loud I can't sleep. For goodness sake, have a snack.

If you just have a habit of CRAVING (not being HUNGRY) for a snack, try to get out of your usual habits. Leave the house, make plans with a friend or call one on the phone, go to the library, try a coloring book, etc. On the evenings that I do eat too much, it has little to do with the fact that it's evening and more to do with the fact that I'm bored. But if you are actually hungry, you may need to revisit how many calories you are eating throughout the day.

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3/28/18 4:09 P

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If you want to eat at night, then eat at night. If you new eating plan is going to work for a lifetime you have to find a way to eat healthy that works for you. I love my evening snack. It is my reward and treat for mak8ng healthy choices through the day. So I always allow 100 calories for 3 cups air popped popcorn. Very lightly misted with EVOO and sprinkle of salt. Yum! And it’s something I can do over the long term......😊



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3/28/18 1:20 P

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I stopped eating at night a few weeks ago. occassionally I do get hungry or the munchies and ill make a sandwhich or something but usually dont eat after dinner.



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3/7/18 4:24 P

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Great suggestions, all. Thank you -- and thank you for your encouragement.


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“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” -- Victor Frankl





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3/7/18 1:30 A

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i try to stay away from and if so i stick to fruits and vegetables

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3/6/18 8:08 P

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Your ticker is showing you have about twenty pounds to lose. If that is all you have to lose, the first place to look is what kind of loss you are aiming for per week. 2 lbs, or 1000 cal a day deficit, is going to be far more than your body can support. A pound a week, or 500 cals a day is going to be an aggressive stretch for you. 1/4 to 1/2 lb per week, or 125-250 cals a day off of your maintenance calories, is about where you should be aiming. Too large of a calorie deficit for your size means you're going to maximize muscle loss and minimize fat loss, which tends to be the opposite of what most people want. Maintaining the most muscle possible while maximizing fat loss tends to go along with those small, slow and steady losses. So if you have little to lose and you're mathematically trying to create the largest deficit possible, that is a huge part of your problem right there. As others have noted, when you eat too little throughout the day it primes you to overeat at night because your body really does need more calories.

If eating at night is from boredom or needing something to do, then do something else. Plan an lenten length itinerary that keeps you out of the house and out of the spaces where you are used to snacking. Once you have broken the habit, it's easier to introduce a new one.

Try planning a snack for 20-30 minutes before you usually get the munchies. Try to pick something to snack on that you find particularly filling, be it a vegetable omelet, broth based soup, curry, whatever. This way you should be hitting full right about the time your cravings hit. If you really were hungry, the full signal will be reaching your brain and you will skip the hunger cues. If you were not really hungry, then you were likely eating out of boredom or habit, in which case you should find something else to do instead of eat.

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3/6/18 7:42 P

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Is it actually hunger, or is it a habit of snacking while watching tv? If it's really hunger, you might want to take a look at your calorie range and evaluate whether you're restricting calories too much. Or look at places during the day where you used a couple hundred calories on something not very nutritious/ filling. Potato chips, for example. Taste good, but empty calories. Skip the chips and save the calories for an evening snack.

If it's a snacking habit, you could try what I sometimes do. I keep a large Tupperware full of cut up low starch vegetables (celery, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers) in the fridge. If DH and I are watching tv and his snacking on Cheetos has me thinking (obsessing) about eating, I get out my Tupperware.

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3/6/18 7:18 P

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I allow calories for a night time snack.
I usually do not use them.

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3/6/18 6:45 P

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Brush your teeth, color, craft, knit, crotchet and/or go to bed.



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3/6/18 2:03 P

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I've read the articles, I know the self-pep-talks. It's not working.

Please share your personal tips and tricks for when the nighttime hunger demons strike!

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