CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories


How do I stop eating so much at night? Please help!

Hi All,

I have a horrible problem! I want to lose my final 10 lbs and have been doing really well. I eat very healthy during the day at work, exercise and play tennis regularly, but when I get home after the gym (9pm or so), I have a nice dinner but then I start eating uncontrollably even though I'm not even hungry! Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I've tried buying ice-pops and eating like 15 of them instead of pretzels or ice-cream but I always end up going to the bad foods.. How can I stop this, convince myself that one ice-cream cone is enough when i know i have 6 in the freezer? Or if I can't stop-how can I switch to some better alrernatives? Does anyone have any ides?

Thank you!!!

Thu. Jul 28, 7:28am

Add comment  
A good alternative, for me, is sugar-free meringue cookies (I buy them at Walgreens!). 14 of them is 40 calories! There are about 5 servings in the whole container. Also, they get kind of stuck in your teeth, so after a bunch, it's hard to eat anymore. And, they come in chocolate, so that's the best! If I ate an entire package, it'd only be 200 calories, and that'd take me at least an entire night to do!

Alternatively, find something to do with your hands - that's probably why you eat. Take up knitting, or dig out the old Nintendo, or give yourself a manicure - don't want to eat if it'll mess up your nails! Spend time doing things like lotioning your whole body - since it's smaller now, you want it all to be soft too! Take a long shower after the gym, or even a bath with some candles, music, and a good book. Write your checks and go through the mail. Anything to keep your hands busy.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:11 AM

Add comment

I will just say that I share your problem, and I will be most interested to see the ideas that come forward from people who are successful. One thing that I am trying is the "21 day habit" approach. Psychological studies have shown that it takes 21 days to break a habit. And that goes much easier if you repace the "bad" behavior with "good" behavior that you can maintain. I am having a little bit of success by trying to work on one or two habits every 21 days, and charting them out on a piece of paper. So try substituting your favorite "bad" snack with another for 21 days until you don't crave it anymore, then go on to the next one. It will take a very long time, but for me, it may be the only thing that will ever work, as I am a long-time emotional eater.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:17 AM

Add comment
I have the same problem

I have the very exact same problem. I'll do excellent throughout the day but when bedtime comes, i just MUST put stuff in my mouth to feel at ease :o(

I will try picking up those sugar free meringue cookies and hopefully that will help, its so pitiful to waste a perfect day of good eating at night, its the worst feeling.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:26 AM

Add comment
Perhaps you could not buy the treats. I have the same problem, but now I don't have anything left to snack on:-). I bought pretzels in the lunch pack so its just one serving. If it is not around, you can't eat it! Also, brush your teeth after you eat!

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:41 AM

Add comment
i'm struggling with the same thing. i keep busy, exercise, eat healthfully through the whole day... and then right at bedtime i start to eat again, doesn't matter what. i think i'm feeling anxious, not hungry. it's so frustrating!. i'd rather kick the habit of night eating rather than simply switching to sugar-free snacks, so maybe i'll try to add in another bedtime routine, like working on my sewing etc.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:43 AM

Add comment
Don't eat after a certain time

My wife and I have tried to set a rule that we don't eat past 7pm. We have not always adhered to this, but mostly we have. The result is that we eat much smaller dinners (because eating earlier in evening -- not so hungry), and that we don't snack... most snacking takes place at night.

By the way, I am big midnight-snack eat (up in the middle of the night), and I stopped doing that.

The first couple of days were a little hard -- not so easy to go to sleep feeling slightly hungry, but after that, it hasn't been bad. An interesting thing is that you are less likely to wake up feeling hungry if you DON'T eat late at night.

Try it for a week and see what you think...

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 8:56 AM

Add comment
Pavlov's Dog & Classical Conditioning

Where do you sit when you eat dinner/meals? For instance, if you sit in front of the tv when you eat dinner than you are conditioning yourself to eat when you watch tv. Then, if it's late and you're watching tv it makes sense that you'll be hungry even if you're not. It's a Pavlov's dog thing (behavioral psychology). I don't know what your personal habits are, but if you can try to make the place you eat specially for eating only, than you'll be less likely to eat.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 11:24 AM

Add comment
Brush your teeth after you eat dinner. That will help because then you'd have to brush them again if you eat more.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 11:24 AM

Add comment
Snacks at home

Hi! Someone already suggested this, but I just want to reiterate: force yourself to not have these snacks laying around the house. If pretzels and delicious ice cream are in your kitchen they will be very tempting. Over the last several years I have trained myself to completely skip the cookie, chip, soda and ice cream aisles in the grocery store. Sometimes at night when I'm craving a snack, it's a big let down to have to choose between apples and almonds, but it's also a relief because I know that if I had yummy things around I would eat them up regardless of hunger level.

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 1:56 PM

Add comment
In one of our groups, our weigh-in day is Friday, so on Thursdays, she says "nothing after dinner but water." (Ideally, we would have this attitude EVERY day, but...) Anyway, last night, I was still feeling "munchy" after dinner. I was going to make a bag of popcorn, but I didn't want to eat the whole thing myself, so I asked my husband if he wanted some. He said no. So I didn't make the popcorn, and did end up sticking to "just water." A few minutes later, I was sitting down and realized, "Oh my gosh! I'm full!" If I had just given myself a chance to listen to my body, I would have realized this. Sometimes, we feel that we are entitled to dessert so we'll seek out something to fulfull that craving whether we're hungry or not.
Can we all just remind ourselves: IT'S JUST FOOD!!!
Have you ever woken up in the morning and thought, "Oh, I wish I had eaten more last night." No? Me neither! But I have thought, many times, "WHY did I eat so much last night??"
Things that have worked for me:
- brushing teeth right after a meal
- DON'T buy stuff you shouldn't be eating. (I do not have the willpower to eat only a small portion of something. If I have it, I'll eat it - all of it. So I don't even buy the "no pudge" ice cream sandwiches. I'd eat the whole package in one sitting.)

Friday, July 29, 2005, 6:49 AM

Add comment

Explore Related Articles
Weight Loss Motivation   Sustainable Weight Loss
Weight Lifting    Hypnosis and Weight Loss
Emotional Eating   Help Losing Weight
Free Weight Loss Program   Weight Watchers Points  NutriSystem
How To Change Anything

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge