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Is Evening Eating Destroying Your Weight Loss Efforts?

Cues to Eating and How to Control Them


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I can't sleep unless it's been 4 hours since I last ate something. So I brush and floss my teeth right after dinner, before I even clean the kitchen. Since I don't want to do that again, I'll wait until morning. Report
I would not think about food until my husband gets out his peanuts at night with regularity! Then I get hungry! I try to limit my snacking to a few nuts or a cheese stick. But I am beginning to think any snacking affects my sleep. I have never been a good sleeper and I truly believe this affects my weight struggles. Report
Dr. Jason Fung argues that eating at night is the norm for our ancestors, not three meals a day. Our ancestors worked during the day to gather food, so nighttime was the time to prepare and eat it. Myself, I make midnight snacking part of my meal plan. Report
I am working on this with some success. Getting in enough water is helping a lot! Report
These are good as a general rule of thumb but if I ate dinner at 5, I would definitely be snacking. We eat dinner at 7 and then I will occasionally have a piece of fruit or veggies later but always within my calories and carb range. Report
I try not to eat anything after 7PM but it's really hard, especially since the rest of my family likes to eat in front of the TV. The commercials showing yummy junk food don't help either. It's 10:30PM right now and I feel like I'm starving. I've already eaten all of my calories for the day so I really shouldn't eat anything. I'm probably going to go to bed soon.

*This Pizza Hut commercial is really making me crave pizza. *drool* Report
What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself. - Abraham Maslow Report
I do not eat at night . I drink water if I feel like I need something. I love a nice big glass of ice water Report
I am trying so hard to quit eating at night. My goal is to not eat after 7:00 p.m. I am not very active in the evening. Especially since retirement. Report
Last night I was very hungry about 2 hours after eating dinner. I thought about making chocolate chip cookies but instead I ate dinner leftovers, a second smaller supper of green beans, sausage and sweet potato.

I believe in eating when I'm hungry. However I try and make healthy choices at every meal and snack. A second smaller balanced dinner is a far superior choice than crisps or cookies IMO. Report
Thanks for sharing Report
I eat dinner at 8 p.m. and have a snack at 11 p.m. .I try to have something every 3 hours,so eat many small meals daily, I do not eat any more total calories, if I stopped eating earlier I would not be able to sleep and always would wake up 2 hours after bedtime hungry & eat. I have lost 40 pounds. Report
Really solid ideas. Report
Things totally got better for me when I was able to remove from my daily routine the evening eating. Report
I have been struggling with night time eating, like I can't get enough food even though I eat right during the day and get lots of exercise. Everything you have in this article makes good sense and helps me to better understand where this craziness is coming from. I am working hard at not munching at night by keeping my mind off food. I am better off not watching TV because of all the fast food commercials! Good thing for me the closest fast food is 12 miles away!!!lol Report

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