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Posted: 17 Dec 2011, 09:18
I need some fresh ideas on how to stop eating in the evening. Also how to curb my sugar cravings.

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Posted: 18 Dec 2011, 07:52
I like Cantalope as an evening snack with a big glass of water!!! Its sweet and healthy and filling.

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Posted: 18 Dec 2011, 10:47
This isnt always realistic for everyone, but when I get really bad snack cravings in the evening I just go to bed earlier. Getting up early to work out helps because by 9pm Im ready for bed anyway.

Im not sure how to prevent sugar cravings. I cope with mine by keeping 70% dark chocolate squares in the house. About 2 or 3 squares (17g) is 90 calories and if you savor them it will keep you occupied for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Posted: 18 Dec 2011, 13:45
"Don't eat at night" is one of the biggest diet myths that we have. Plan a healthy evening snack into your diet if your body usually wants one.

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Posted: 18 Dec 2011, 17:20
If you are overeating at night, that's not good. There are some things you can do:

1) drink enough water
2) don't let yourself get too hungry earlier in the day it accumulates and at night we are at our weakest
3) try doing a high-intensity exercise at night. I do hot yoga and you can't eat two hours before and then I don't want to eat afterwards, so I just go to bed after drinking copious amounts of water.
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Posted: 18 Dec 2011, 19:24
You can eat at night. Just make healthy choices. If you always find yourself craving sweets late at night, I always have a cup of hot tea with honey instead and sometimes I'll enjoy a single piece of fun sized candy or a small cookie. Also sugar free puddings are delish and I have also stumbled on dark chocolate almond milk. It's super rich but so much calcium. 130cals for an 8oz glass, so if I have it in my allowance I'll indulge. Also brush your teeth. I don't like the way anything tastes after I have minty fresh breath. Those tricks work for me.

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Posted: 19 Dec 2011, 08:14
if the thought of giving up sugar cold-turkey is overwhelming, it may be better to remove it slowly rather than all at once. Feelings of deprivation can lead to over indulgent behavior; try eliminating sugar from your diet for several days at a time, so it isn't about never having it, but more you just won't have it today))))


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Posted: 19 Dec 2011, 15:21
I cut the size of my night time snack down. I found I don't always even need it, but when I do, it's OK, just don't get carried away. Log your calories to make sure you don't go overboard throughout the day.
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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 05:27
This isnt always realistic for everyone, but when I get really bad snack cravings in the evening I just go to bed earlier.

This works for me too. I suggest you have a healthy early diner (i try to eat by 7pm). Then i go to bed early. The longer you stay awake the more chances you have to be hungry.
If you eat enough and healthy throughout the day, you should be ok.

Carrot juice curbs my sugar craving. So does cantalope. if i find myself obsessing over an apple cake, i sleep over it and if i still do the following day, i just have it and move on!

Good luck and good health!
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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 05:52
I'm still new in this, but I moved dinner time from around 5pm to 7pm.. Took a little getting used to at first..

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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 06:11
My doc told me instead of 3 meals a day to eat 6 small ones. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack dinner, snack. It's a bit difficult to get used to especially if you always used to overeat a lot anyway, but once your stomach shrinks, it's actually easier, you never really get hungry anyway.
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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 06:18
1. you dont have to stop eating at night
2. you dont have to give up sugar

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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 08:16
Try eating a bigger dinner with more fat. It's likely your dinner includes more real food than whatever late night snacks are appealing, so you can curb that late night hunger and get in more nutrition. I know when I get snacky late at night it is usually because I didn't eat enough real food during the day.

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Posted: 21 Dec 2011, 10:21
Make sure you're eating enough during the day; lots of protein at dinner helps. Protein is AMAZING for feeling full longer.

But to echo the sentiments above: if you're still hungry, then eat something! Not another full meal, and not something that's outside your eating plan - but there is literally no reason not to eat something just because it's after a certain time. Make room for it in your menus, and then just stop fighting it.

This whole journey should be about finding ways to accomplish your goals in a way that will work for you forever; if you like having a little something in your belly at night, then make it happen within the framework of your calories or nutritional goals!

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Posted: 19 Jan 2012, 19:08
@Irade8u Thank you for this question. Something that a lot of people (like me) struggle with and it is good to know that I am not the only one Smile.

@everyone that replied, thank you so much for this info I cannot tell you how much my snacking at night has cause me shame and embarrassment. I love the ideas about hot tea (one of my favorite things) and just making sure I have healthy snacks to much on instead of chips and candy. It makes a lot of since but until i heard that it is okay to snack (wisely) I hid and did it and always wanted comfort food because it was embarrassing. Thank you all once again.

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Posted: 19 Jan 2012, 20:11
I've always been a nighttime eater, and worse; I eat Bad Food late at night in bed When I'm being more thoughtful and self-aware, I go with drinking lots of water and having some pineapple or an apple around 8pm. The sweetness and the fibre make me happy and take the edge off the hungry. =)
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Posted: 20 Jan 2012, 19:43
These are all awesome ideas!!! I too will go to bed if I feel too snacky later at night. I need the sleep anyway. I'm taking a one-week 'close the kitchen after dinner' challenge this week and I'm doing 100% so far! (three days in).

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Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 14:12
Hoser wrote:
"Don't eat at night" is one of the biggest diet myths that we have. Plan a healthy evening snack into your diet if your body usually wants one.

Very much agree. Also, I noticed that if I snack on high sugar/quick carb type junk food, it sets up a severe craving.

I limit my planned nightly snacks to high protein/high fiber to avoid the overwhelming cravings caused by eating the wrong things.
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Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 14:17
Higher protein and fat throughout the day, with veggies of course, will make for less cravings at night. Go for something simple like Sugar Free Jello with homemade whipped cream. Or Diet Root beer with heavy cream mixed in and ice and you have a "frostie".

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Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 14:54
Hi. Eating at night was always a problem for me too. I solved it by brushing my teeth 30 minutes dinner. I still enjoy the taste of coffee for some time but if your mouth is fresh and minty you don't feel like eating so much. Give it a try. Anf good luck.

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