Evening Cravings

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 18:54
I seem to do "well" with eating all day long then about 8pm each night, totally lose it and eat like a mad woman. I go through more food (at least twice as much)in about 30 minutes than I do the rest of the day - I don't know how to stop this. Once I start, I can't stop and then I'm miserable, feel guilty, and do it all over again the next day.
Any advice?

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 19:05
What are you doing at 8pm each night? Sitting at home bored? I would suggest doing something else entirely different to get you out of that habit. Maybe go for a walk?

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 19:07
Plus, you should make sure you are eating a good amount at regular intervals during the day to make sure you never get so hungry you'll want to eat anything/everything around.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 19:43
I agree with Lee, if you're eating during the day, it can't really be hunger, maybe you should drink more water during the day? Your body can't distinguish between hunger and dehidration. If it's boredom, try taking a walk or start a hobby you enjoy, eg painting? Hope it helps!
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 19:47
Plan a snack for that time, one that you will really enjoy. If you're a sweets junkie, make it something sweet. If you like salty snacks, have some popcorn or pretzels.

I'm a huge fan of fruit crisps, personally. Last night I preheated the oven then peeled, cored, and sliced an apple into a small oven-proof bowl. I microwaved it for a few minutes to precook it. While I did that, I mixed some rolled oats, cinnamon, and a little bit of agave nectar in a bowl. When the apples were partially cooked, I put the topping on top then popped it into the oven for 10-15 minutes.

I do this quite often with an apple, some frozen peach slices, or frozen berries. The whole thing comes in at less than 200 calories, and it's mostly healthy stuff (fruit & oats). It makes my sweet tooth happy and keeps me away from other stuff.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 20:30
If worst comes to worst, you can always keep the things that you tend to eat at night out of the house. If chips, crackers, or chocolate are your weakness, don't buy them. I also plan to have dessert at night and build it in, because I know if I'm at home, I'll want something sweet an hour or so after dinner. Some standbys are Edy's yogurt blends (100-120 cals in a half cup), sugar free hot chocolate (60 cals- 140 if you make it with nonfat milk) and chocolate vitamuffins (100 cals). Strawberries or peaches with with light cool whip are another good alternative. If you just have the munchies, popcorn gives you a lot of volume for a few calories or grapes or apples slices can also give you lots of crunch. After my dessert I'll often have a cup of tea as well- mint or roibos are good alternatives if you don't want the caffeine and the extra liquid can also help you to feel full until bedtime.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 21:05
This is why I switched to working out at night. I eat lunch at 10, a snack at 2, dinner at 6, and workout at 9. After I shower I eat a small amount of turkey before bed with some water and I do not wake up hungry. Honestly I can't believe how much more weight i have lost doing it this way.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 21:39
You definitely need to eat more during the day. Your body is demanding the nutrition it needs and you experience it as cravings. It will be much better to eat evenly an remember, you need a base number of calories to live, so there's no point in trying to go really low.
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 22:36
One of the surprising things I read recently was a list of diet myths. One of these diet myths was the "no eating after 8pm" rule. The research actually says that people who plan a healthy snack in the evening do better than those who don't, because they don't go to bed hungry and wake up famished in the morning. Some of my typical snacks are: glass of skim milk w/2 squares of very dark (low sugar) chocolate; slice of sprouted wheat bread with 1 TBSP peanut butter or a slice of reduced fat cheese; bowl of grapefruit sections; 12 ounces homemade sugar free hot cocoa; Kind Bar. This evening snack is part of my routine. I don't think I could stick to my plan without it.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 22:42
Hermoines.....very true! Nothing is worse than trying to get a good nights rest with an empty tummy. Having a 50 calorie snack is certainly not going to go straight to your bottom or make someone gain the weight back.

I think that the rule exists because people often eat their daily calories by dinner and if they continued to eat they would likely eat more than their RDI. (unless of course they planned ahead and made healthy choices)
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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 23:26
I used to have that problem, too. My deal was that around 7 or 8pm I would finally sit down to watch some TV, but I would be antzy because I had been busy all day and I couldn't just unwind that fast, so I would start eating. I would eat and eat and eat, even foods I didn't really care for. I found that having something to do with my hands while I was relaxing really helped out a lot. So I learned to knit. Now, I always knit while watching TV in the hour or so before I go to bed. The down side is, yarn can get expensive, but I suppose the grocery bill has gone down.

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Posted: 09 Mar 2011, 23:40
I don't see an issue with eating at night, & I also find I seem to enjoy eating something before bed more than some of the full meals I eat during the day, so why fight it? I always plan for something sweet around 10 pm & it's usually something involving peanut butter or maybe some type of blended protein shake. If you're on a low-fat plan (I am not), you probably wouldn't choose PB, but the point is that it's not going to hurt your weight loss to have a snack before bed. There is no reason to believe I'm some exception to the rule.

So budget some calories for a snack each evening & enjoy it.
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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 05:17
Mstanley - my heart goes out to you...when I read your original post here, I honestly felt like this was something I could have written a little over a year ago.

That being said, you're intake during the day (minus the snacks) is too little. You have very little protein in the morning, then barely anything to eat at lunch time, etc... So, if you could revamp HOW you are eating what you eat... by adding a little more nutrition to Bkfst, Lunch and Dinner, and then programing in a MANDATORY snack in the afternoon, and following dinner ... build in a schedule of eating every 2-4 hours... (just try it for a week!) ... and then once you have had your evening snack (a couple of hours after dinner)...then go BRUSH YOUR TEETH, and drink a glass of water. (you may still feel like you are looking for 'something' more to eat...but the brushing your teeth part really does help!) If you have a second snack... get up and go BRUSH YOUR TEETH a second time, and drink another glass of water!

It will over the course of week break down this habit (along w/ the other changes to your nutrition being taken in regularly throughout the day.) You may still feel bored and looking for 'something' in the evening...but the desire to mindlessly eat... should cease.

Good luck...and let us know how you do...
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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 08:00
If you are eating like you were in january, then you are eating too little during the day, try to spread at least 1200 calories over the course of your day with a good mix of protein, fats, and carbs, and that should take care of most of your late night problem.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 10:55
Evening snacking has been a real weakness of mine in the past. I agree with everyone else about planning snacks in your calories for the day. Keeping trigger foods out of the house is a major one for me as well. I actually threw out the rest of a birthday cake last night because i could not stop thinking about it in the refrigerator.
To combat night time over eating I have been drinking hot tea during TV time. Before I had kids I would go to the gym in the evenings to keep myself from snacking so if your schedule is flexible, eat all your good nutritious food all day and work out at night.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 16:54
OK -- about peanut butter and being on a low fat diet: My diet is designed to be relatively low fat and very low saturated fat. Peanut butter is an important component of my diet. Copied from the Internet:

Most of the fats contained are however monounsaturated, and have been shown to improve the cholesterol profile by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol.
This effect is compounded by peanut butter containing polyunsaturated fats, which in turn help raising the "good" HDL cholesterol; the synergistic effect makes this spread a very good cholesterol regulator.

The key is -- don't pull out the peanut butter jar and slather it on bread or apple or whatever. Use a measuring spoon. 1 TBSP is very satisfying.

I have a secret weapon that allows me to save the birthday cake: I freeze it in a freezer that is two flights down from my apartment in the basement. When it's late at night and cold out, trekking down to the basement takes significant effort. I am very seldom tempted.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 17:34
I agree with fatpelter...hot tea at night helps me stave off wanting to eat. It works especially well if I have a strong or spicy tea. My favorite is Ginger tea, which is so strong it satisfies me and makes me not want to eat anymore.

I also plan for a snack/dessert every night. I leave about 100-200 calories post-dinner for this. Usually I have some combination of yogurt, fruit, almonds, peanut butter, etc. My favorite is Trader Joe's almond butter with crunchy flax seeds. YUM!!! I have 1 Tbsp. of that with sliced apples and I'm a happy camper.

A few times lately I found myself having enough calories for a couple of Girl Scout cookies, but instead I chose from the fruit/yogurt/almonds menu because it would be more volume and more satisfying, not to mention more nutritious! Yay me.

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Posted: 10 Mar 2011, 20:49
I eat a high protein meal for dinner then I don't feel hungry. So if it is real hunger maybe you should try that.
Good Luck!

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