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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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