Late night cravings and binging

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:43
Hey guys, I'm a newbie here. I'm wondering if any of you have a problem with late night eating?
I'm fine during the day, I control myself without any problems. But then comes 10PM, I'm tired and irritable, craving junk food/empty calories ( like nutella ) and I usually end up giving in. Once I start then, I consume everything I can get my hands on before I fall asleep with a huge food baby.
I know how unhealthy this is, but I can't seem to stop! It feels like the whole day goes to waste.
Do you have any ideas on how to combat this?

(PS, I am a recovering bulimic- the shame :/)
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:48
Do you think maybe you might not be consuming enough calories during the day?

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 00:51
I'm not sure if we are being trolled here, with a starting weight of 500 pounds and today all you've had is coffee with skim milk and tea?

Anyway, I am going to treat this as if it is a real post and say that if all you had is coffee today worth 65 calories, it's no wonder why you are starving and binging on food. Since you have previous issues with eating, I'd suggest visiting a professional to help you plan meals.

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 02:42
I'm not trolling- I'm just way too scared to weigh myself at the moment because it triggers me, and the website wouldn't let me join anything unless I put in a weight. It's only 8AM here so I've had coffee!
I've been in therapy for years and I'm working hard to recover, it's just that once I start eating even a proper amount during the day, I usually end up binging (and purging, but have been purge free for about a month now!). Night Time seems to give me most problems though :/ I try to distract myself but I always end up eating much more than I should, and of junk, before going to sleep
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 11:31
Definitely some healthy body imagery and psychology tweaking is in order. Please get professional help before you really hurt yourself.

For diet I highly recommend Primal Blueprint then eventually Paleo lifestyle. It's low carb, no grains or sugars, and lots of tasty animal proteins and saturated fats, and above ground veggies and berries. Yum!! And so incredibly satisfying that night binging will go away. My BP, blood sugar and all other base line things they check at doctor has fully recovered. My recovery has been called text book perfect. If you stick to it you'll be in fat burning ketosis in a few days and cravings will stop. I promise!!!

It worked for me and I WAS a hard case too. Now I see the light at the end of this lifelong tunnel. Do it!

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 12:01
Perhaps another visit with your doctor and nutritionist is recommended.
I know I have a tendancy to over indulge at night especially when I am bored or way over tired.
Whatever you do please take care of these issues kiddo.

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Posted: 05 Sep 2012, 23:30
I apologize for the trolling remark then. I truly hope you find some help with your diet! Please see a counselor and nutritionist.

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Posted: 06 Sep 2012, 02:54
I would recommend a low carb diet as well. I suffered from anorexia and found that the binging only stops when your body has all the nutrients (especially fats) it needs. Paleo, Atkins etc. are all high fat and that helped me stop binging on fatty, sugary treats.

Best of luck!

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Posted: 09 Sep 2012, 20:50

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Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 21:59
Going all day without eating and then binging at night is a counterproductive behavior. Don't kid yourself that going all day without eating is virtuous or something that will succeed for you next time, if only you try harder. It's not and you won't.

I recommend starting a phase where you write down everything you eat and calculate the calories for a week. Then over a week's time adjust your calorie intake so the calories are spread across several meals, but with no snacks between meals. Next adjust the calories until you have achieved equilibrium, so you are neither gaining nor losing weight. Then cut back 30% on the food and you will start to lose weight.

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Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 20:22
You have to eat a balanced diet with plenty of protein (60 gms/day). Proteins stay with you longer and even out your blood sugar. This should help prevent the binging. Eat 6 small meals per day if you need to. If evenings and nights is a problem for you, then find an activity to do to keep your hands busy. I see that your goal weight is 95 pounds. There are very few people in which this is a healthy weight. Be sure that your BMI is in a normal range for you. Looking at your picture--you look great. Concentrate on eating healthy instead of losing weight. You don't want to become anorexic.

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Bust 52.5 inches---------47 inches
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Posted: 15 Sep 2012, 05:34
at 49 kg you should not be on a diet, at least not one to lose weight unless your height is 145cm or less.
What you call binging might just be the way your body is telling you you luck nutrients. In any case it might be more useful to check some support group for eating disorders rather than one focused on fat loss like this one, they might have tools and info more appropriate for your needs.

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Posted: 20 Sep 2012, 06:23
I read your journal and it appears you have issues which you have had counselling for as you perceive you have an excess weight issue. I feel it would be wrong to give any advice on weight loss and what to eat but good to give support for what is a very real problem you have. I hope you are still being counselled and in regular contact with your Dr. Good luck with uni and contact their support group as soon as you set foot on campus

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 12:55
I have the same problem. I don't think there is a "fix," but there are things you can do for damage control. People have told me it's because I don't eat breakfast, yadda, yadda. I've mapped my calories and when I eat breakfast, it just increases my calorie total for the day. I'm not hungry at breakfast time so I don't eat. I try to have my carbs during the day. Late morning I'll have fruit and I try to make it through lunch with fruit. I'm hoping to burn the sugars during the day and I need the energy boost also. Some studies claim an apple will give you as much energy as a cup of coffee. Sometimes I'll have a salad at lunch, sometimes with protein. At dinner, I try to have a big salad and a small portion of protein. When the late night cravings kick in, I try to have low density vegetables like celery. The chewing provides some satisfaction. Then I wait. If I still feel hungry, I'll chew 2 pieces of gum. At that point, I usually forget about eating or I'm too tired to stay awake and I go to bed. If the gum doesn't do it, I have a small bowl(1/2 cup to 1/3 cup)of healthy high fiber cereal with skim milk. Supposedly the fiber will give you a full feeling. On the weekends, I take the opportunity to be bad, but I also try to get in as much exercise as possible. I don't go to the gym for hours but I try to do something first thing in the morning, something in the middle of the day, and something in the evening....even if it's just walking. Everyone is different, you just have to do what works for you, but to do it smart. If you're going to eat at night, make sure that's you're smartest eating of the day and make sure you have enough exercise in your routine to offset it.

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 15:35
Consider an Intermittent Fasting diet. I eat for only 8 hours a day...and let me tell you, it's great. You're quite full and satiated. I don't have cravings for junk food or anything else. What I do eat is delicious and simple, nothing processed. If you want sweets, have fruit. It's pretty easy to not eat all morning and just be hungry for one period of time instead of a bit hungry all day long. I typically eat from 4PM till 12AM each day.

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Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 11:47
Keep working with your therapist on your issues. My best friend is a recovering bulimic. She has been doing great for years. She's pretty small but healthy! You need to eat the proper amount of calories during the day. If you eat most of your calories during the day, you are going to use them, not store them as fat. I have never had an eating disorder but I do suffer from depression and had a terrible habit of eating at night. I could easily go most of the day without food and then over do it at night. My solution to this has been to eat healthful things during the day and go to bed earlier than 10pm. I am usually in bed by 9:00. I take melatonin to help me fall asleep. If for some reason I do not go to bed by 9:30, I find myself getting very 'snacky'. You are worth the effort it will take to get better. Keep up the good work. You can do it!

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 09:16
I also binge at night and have been researching the issue. Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is real and probably a bigger problem than Bulemia and Anorexia together. It just doesn't get as much media attention as the others. According to what I've read, BED is strongly associated with poor body image. Deep stuff which, for me, will require professional help. Good luck to you -- I hope you (and I) can make peace with food.

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 09:43
My two cents on this subject are this....the bad carbohydrates that are contained in most proccessed foods that I use to consume during the day even though I felt like I was not eating a lot contributed to my night time eating and binging. It is like an addiction the more of those foods you put in your body the more your body craves. It is an addicition to carbs. Now I am eating 6 small low carb, low calorie, lean and green meals. One every 3 hours (around 100 calories) the one lean and green is usually my dinner with family and this can be between (300-500 calories) by changing what I am eating and eating smaller amounts more times per day the night time cravings are gone. You can learn more about this carb addicition and healthy eating in the book Dr. A's Habits of Health. Good luck to you!

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