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2/23/10 8:17 P

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Chewing the hell out of some gum right now... lol

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2/23/10 12:28 P

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I find that if I brush my teeth right after dinner and then drink lots of water and chew gum (like you've said) I never snack on anything late. But I also don't usually get home from working out until about 8:30pm and eat a pretty hefty dinner right after anyhow, so I don't know. I've got the whole night owl complex as well.

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2/23/10 11:15 A

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Not sure if this will help anyone, but when I was on weight watchers, my leader gave me this suggestion when I explained this topic to her. She said to start my day of counting calories the night before. this way, if I have to slow it down during the day, it will be more manageable. It did not work for me personally, but it might for some of you.

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2/23/10 7:33 A

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This is still my weak point as well. I really have to manage it. I find that I will stack up my calories on purpose towards the evening. And the more I stack, the more I want at night. In other words, diminished effects over time.

I'm not over my calories at all, but the intake is really shifting to the end of the day (like 2/3rds of my calories). I need to turn the tide and will starting tonight.

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2/22/10 11:19 A

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Late night eating is a struggle for me because I'm a night owl. Not only that but there's so much that goes on throughout my day and it ends pretty late. It's going to take a lot of effort to not eat too late but I'm going to try and give it a go.

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2/13/10 5:36 P

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My numbers were low yesterday so I had a bowl of frosted shredded wheat about an hour before bed. I woke up this morning absolutely starved. I've found if I eat too much before bed I wake up hungry, if I don't eat then I don't wake up feeling starved. wierd huh?

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2/11/10 8:24 A

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Tried the chewing gum trick for a second time, no eating. It really works like a champ.

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2/11/10 7:20 A

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Never thought about the chewing gum idea... very interesting!

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2/10/10 10:27 A

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Well, last night after watching the biggest loser, i tried the chewing gum trick. And man did I chew. BUT, after about 5 minutes, the urge was gone, and my flipping jaws were so tired I could not have eaten anyways. ha. But it really did work so try a piece of gum instead of the usual snacks. Might work for you too.

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The norm 'after-dinner-snack' is 2-3 cups of coffee and maybe 2 TBSP of peanut butter. Now the other night I screwed that up by eating a small container of Starbucks Coffee ice-cream, but probably the first time in a LONG time that I did somethign liek that...
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JIMDAB has it right!

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2/9/10 1:29 P

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Hi fellas. I wrote a little blog post last month with some ideas that have helped me through tough times. I will say that I'm still a night eater, but I've compromised. I don't go full on eating everything I want, but I'll eat a little less during the day to give myself some slack at night. It seems to do the trick 99 times out of 100.

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2/9/10 10:27 A

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I cut up red bell peppers, celery, and carrots into sticks and keep them handy for all snack urges. That or water usually do the trick.
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2/9/10 5:42 A

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No offense taken here. And I strongly recommend anyone who knows something, to please contribute. It benefits everyone watching this topic, not just me. So thank you Chris for your input.

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2/9/10 12:16 A

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I hope my post didn't sound like I'm all educated because I'm not. My intention wasn't to be rude at all so hopefully I didn't come off that way.

I only posted the things that I've read here on spark. I tried to find it somewhere but I know that there is a trivia question that talks about eating at night not mattering as long as its in your calorie range.

I wore a bodybugg for about a month and found/learned that my body burns 1-2 calories a minute just sleeping alone. That's like 900ish calories burned just snoozing! I'd say focus on eating healthy foods before bed and not high calorie snacks that will make you go way over your range and see what happens.

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2/8/10 10:54 A

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I am a bedtime snacker, always have been although sometimes its more like a bedtime meal. I found just a nibble of something now satisfies me enough to get to sleep. I keep cut up chicken breast in the fridge and will pop a piece or I might have a couple Triscut crackers (the salt satasfies).

My goal is to cut out the bedtime snacks completely but so far I have not been able to do that.

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2/6/10 10:10 P

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Research will probably tell you that a calorie is a calorie and when you eat it is of no consequence regarding weight loss. However, food close to bedtime can make sleep more difficult and sleep is very important to being healthy.

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2/6/10 5:04 P

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Not sure but this is what the professional trainer said to me. So I will take it as truth.

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2/6/10 2:36 P

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I've read here on spark that you're still burning calories while your sleeping. I've actually seen that else wear too so I don't understand the whole not eating fruit before bed thing.

I too find myself eating late at night and it's getting bad. I think I'm going to head to the store in a bit and pick up some 100 calorie kettle corn.

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Thanks for your input. I appreciate it.
I also met with a trainer who told me NOT to eat fruit late at night. he says it has a lot of natural sugar, which just sits there instead of getting burnt by days activities. And then we go to bed. So there is some information to share with all of you too.

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I agree with brushing your teeth, but I take it once step further. I floss too. Right after dinner.

I hate to floss so there is no way I am going to do that again. Most of the time that provides the willpower to get through the evening munchies.

If the munchies are really bad my last resort is turning off the TV and reading a book upstairs in bed. First the food is downstairs so it's not as convenient as right next to the family room. Second it's really hard for me to snack when reading in bed. It's just not conducive to eating.

So that how I kill the mindless eating that happens in front of the TV.

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I liked RIPPEDPAUL1's idea of brushing your teeth so as to discourage later evening. Need to get a travel tooth brush and paste to carry around 24/7 !!!!
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1/21/10 6:03 A

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Thank you everyone for the great responses. Please keep them coming. I have started to evaluate what I am feeling when I am about to get up and hit the pantry. One night it was in fact because I was tired, and should have gone to bed. So I did. Woke up in the morning feeling a lot better that I didn't eat the night before. Another night I had jello, another water. Which shows that ALL of your ideas are helping and I really appreciate it. It will be a struggle sometimes, and I am glad that I have friends like you who are willing to help me out when it gets tough. So, please keep them coming. Thanks again to all for your support.

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1/20/10 3:55 P

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One thing I have tried doing as of late is to eat some low cal/low fat yogurt or 1% cottage cheese as a good bedtime protein/filler. It seems to help my legs recoup from hitting the treadmill during the day.

My other little safety I guess I learned from my grandma. I piece of wheat toast and a glass of tomato juice with some hot sauce in it. I know the tomato juice is somewhat high in sodium, so just be aware as you eat throughout the day. You can even add string cheese in with it if you need.

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Just returned from a week in Orlando...which may be famous for a mouse, but now I feel like a cow. Tired of all this working out and 'trying' p90x. I need to go back to what worked for me the first time on SP and that is just working out 3x a week and running 5k routes 3-4 times a week. I did this in the spring of 2007 and dropped 50 lbs in just over 3 months. Need to get back to that and adopt the lifestyle that gets me there.

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Some good suggestions here.

just to add some thoughts. Planning ahead will help. Making sure those snacks are good ones. It might be that you are more bored than hungry. Or you might be bothered by stuff during the day. Do some introspective and see if you can eliminate those reasons.
Try something like an orange also. It takes some effort to get to and it has built in portion control. in the sense that once it is gone it is gone.
The water is good also. Sometimes it is not hunger, but thirst. Try the glass first and see how that works.

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1/17/10 5:20 P

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Thank you for all the great feedback. Please keep it coming. This is all great information, and I appreciate the time you gave me to help out. I will try the suggestions, and then let you know how I make out. Thanks again.

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Are you using the nutrition counter? If so, just figure it in to your daily total and allow for it. Taper off using the really low cal stuff like 100 calorie packs you either buy or make up yourself, pickles, veggie trays, rice cakes, etc. accompanied by lots of no cal liquid. The biggest thing is to include it in your daily total and as long as you're on target for the day, it won't really matter much when you eat it. The bottom line is daily calorie deficit you create with more output and less intake. One size doesn't fit all, so you may need the evening snack to get you through. Just make sure it's part of the plan and you'll be fine.

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this is a tough time for a lot of us, so here is something I have done to eliminate the habit. go for a walk or drink a big old glass of water. I also eat a fiber bar for a snack sometimes, I also leave room on my calories for a protein shake. so count your calories and plan for a slow cut back from the grazing, Like shutyertrap mentioned, it takes some time to work it out,


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I used to just get a big ol' glass of water if that urge hit me. I personally often snack on Reece's Pieces, measured out to one serving, and eat them ONE at a time. What could easily be eaten in two handfuls becomes a 5 minute process. I'm not saying go for candy, but see if you can find something that would work like that. 100 calorie popcorn bags, or if you like veggies (something I detest) go for that. Make sure you are not shorting yourself on calories for the day, cause that'll make you hungry too.

You've just started and your mind and body are having a battle. Don't worry, eventually they'll work things out and hopefully this won't be an issue for you anymore.

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Hi Paul

Great name if I do say so myself. I found I often eat late at night when I'm over tired and should have been in bed. So that would be my first suggestion. Brush your teeth after your last intended meal. It affects your taste for a short period of time and may discourage you from snacking. Have a good snack within easy reach so you don't reach out for junk if you have it the house.

I hope some of these ideas help

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1/17/10 9:59 A

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Hello everyone,
I have been on program for 3 weeks now, and am really having a tough time with late night eating. It doesn't matter if I finished eating dinner late or early, my head is always telling me I am hungry and up into the cabinet or frig I go. Can you give me some pointers on how to stop doing this, or ideas to make better choices? The grazing method is really counterproductive at this point, and I really need your help. Thanks.

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