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Am I the only person who eats great and healthy during the day but as soon as I get home I want to eat everything in sight? I eat plenty of calories during the day (not too much but not too few either) but it seems like I can't control myself when I'm relaxing at home. UGHHH!
It feels like one step forward and two steps back.

Thu. May 8, 11:33am

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You are definately not alone. I eat VERY well all day long, then I get home and I snack... then I snack... then I eat dinner.... then I snack.... then I snack.

I really have to finda a way to get around my house without taking a pit stop in the kitchen.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 11:40 AM

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I think MANY of us are like that!!

I find that, out of habit, if I walk past the pantry, I stop and grab something out of it. This is a habit that I'm working to break. Sometimes I can go a few days w/o doing it at all. But, I tend to forget I'm trying to break the habit.

I used to think I was a stress eater, but I recently realized (via being stressed out) that I'm not actually a stress eater; I'm a boredom eater. When I have nothing left to do, I eat.

Try planning some activities and keep yourself busy. Or, try taping the pantry shut or putting a sign on it that says "no" or something like that.

Or, be sure you have yummy healthy snacks to munch on, like cut-up fruits and veggies, air-popped popcorn, etc.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 11:49 AM

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Oh, you are SO not alone! It is pretty much the only thing standing in my way to getting to my goal weight.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 12:00 PM

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I am doing great on my diet. I eat within my calorie limits and have lost really well, over 200 pounds. But I am having a terrible time making myself stop eating at night. During the day I can keep myself busy and just ignore the desire for food. But at night no matter what I do I end up eating.
So what I have done is make sure they are healthy snacks. Apple, salad, veggies, hummus on veggies, that sort of thing. And still stay within my calorie alotment for the day. I plan for it basically.
I know eventually I will have to get this under control but for now this is where I am.
I wish you all the best OP in overcoming.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 3:31 PM

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my suggestion is only going to be applicable if you don't mind taking "suppliments".

I'll start off by saying that I am very cautious of what I take, I don't take any drugs or pharmecutical creations for weight loss (or much of anything). Whenever possible, I take a natural wholeistic approach to health care. I never take anything that affects my metabolism! but I have found some natural suppliments that have worked well with my "get healthy" goals and one of them has helped me a lot with evening eating ... have you heard of PGX? it is a natural fibre suppliment that when taken with water gives a very long lasting full feeling. both my husband and I have taken it in the evening to help with late-night nibble urges and it has helped dramatically!

I always suggest that ppl look up stuff and read about it, I'm sure if you google PGX you will find it.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 3:37 PM

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okay OP I hear you, here is my solution.

When you get home cook up a nice substantial and satisfying dinner that has ALL the food types and lots of veggies! say 600-700 calories. Then that is it - you are DONE for the day - enforce the habit that you NEVER snack after dinner.
Unless you are lifting weights... then a 1/2 cup of fat free cottage cheese 45 mins before bed is really great for slow release sustained muscle repair overnight and no guilt there. (casein protein is slow release/digesting vs. whey)
That is not the easy answer, but habit is the key !

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 4:41 PM

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i PLAN for it- and/or take a bath, go to bed, paint my nails..etc.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 7:22 PM

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I find that if I eat all day the night time snacking is easier to control. But oh man is it hard. Been trying to get in habit of having pickable fruits ready to go. Grapes, strawberries, that kind of stuff. Better than other grab and go bite size snacks.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 8:23 PM

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I find I am much less likely to have unplanned snacks if I have gotten in my exercise that day. It just sort of kills my appetite, and I am so much more motivated to eat well when I think of how hard I work to burn the calories!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 12:14 AM

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Late Day Eating Syndrome

A while ago my brother showed me an article that . sadly, described me to a "T": I ate no breakfast (did't feel hungry in the early am), felt hungry by 10-11 am but by then was at work, ate a yoghurt or salad or sandwich for lunch, perhaps had a snack of low fat pretzels, diet soda in the late afternoon, and arrived at home: tired stressed and starved! I would make a healthy, good dinner, perhaps have too large a portion of rice/noodle/potato with my lean protein and green veggie. And then I would procede to snack at night because I was hungry. Unfortunately, the calories were not needed at that time in the evening as bedtime was near, which lead to my not feeling hungry the next am.
To change this, I really had to shift more of my calories into earlier in the day.

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 9:56 PM

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Eating at night is in a separate category. It is in the abstinence category. No exceptions. I have a few other items in this category and nothing worked until I said no completely. As I am tired both mentally and physically at night, I simply don't have the clarity to stop once I start snacking at night. So, as I said I had to create a special category for this. Healthy eating can be done in moderation, but I don't think this can be done in moderation.

Sunday, May 11, 2008, 6:30 PM

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You are very far from the only person doing this. This IS my BIGGEST problem. I delveloped this nasty habit of binge eating in the late evening and I feel almost like an addict. I don't want to eat a ton before bed, I keep doing it saying I won't tomorrow. I sabatoge my diet almost daily doing this.....UGH! This is a new weeek...and I am feelin super stubborn...maybe this will be the week!! I hope this changes comes to us all!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2:28 PM

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I agree with 9:56

the later I start eating in the day, the lower my calorie intake during the necessary hours, the harder is it not to eat in the evening. I've also had significantly shift my eating pattern to lose weight.

That said, it's also habit and habits are easier to break if you replace them with something else ... so planning for it is also a great suggestion. Keep your fingers busy !! A girlfriend of mine knit her way through weight loss and I know that when I scrapbook it keeps me out of food b/c I don't want crumbs on my fingers ...

I've also seen oprah talk about how she replaces her late night eating with tea.

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 2:49 PM

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OHHHH my do I agree with you ladies about how hard it is to stay out of the kitchen. I am definately a boredom eater and I am trying to figure that out. When I am home alone and bored you will find me in the kitchen. I am trying to take up more hobbies and am hoping that the summer warmness will get me out of the house more.

I have found a couple of things that help me:
1. I started cross stiching again - keeps my hands busy.
2. I drink fiber water about an hour or two before bed. Helps with the, you know, and helps me feel full before bed.
3. I have a sign on my fridge and pantry door that lists the advantages to losing weight and I have to stop and read them before I get anything.
4. I don't have anything high calorie in the house - 100 cal packs, plain popcorn, yogurt, bars - less options to tempt me.

Good luck ladies!

Monday, May 19, 2008, 2:01 AM

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How To Stop Emotional Eating, Night Eating and Mindless Snacking

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Friday, June 19, 2009, 12:55 PM

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night eating

I thought I was alone in this kind of eating! I do so great during the day, then night time comes, and it's like a trigger that goes off that says "EAT". I need to stop! I have two artificial joints that need to get this extra weight off of them. I am glad I found Peertrainer.

Sunday, July 05, 2009, 6:03 PM

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