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Night time hunger prevention? Favorite teas, other tricks?

I work out at night and come home and eat a sensible dinner, but sometimes am still really hungry. I also tend to eat pretty quickly, which doesn't give my brain enough time to get the "full" signal. What are your tricks?

I'm not interesting in eating any additional calories, but was thinking about fruity herbal teas, maybe. Any tips to share?

Wed. Jul 11, 10:38am

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My trick for nighttime workouts...

When I get home from the gym, I eat the salad/vegetable component of my dinner while I prepare the rest of the food. Then I hop in the shower, and by the time I sit down to the bulk of my dinner, it's been 20 minutes and my body is already registering some satiety from the veggies. With the edge taken off of my hunger, I don't inhale my plate in 3 minutes, nor do I go scrounging for more afterwards.

If you can't separate out your vegetables, have a small cup of coffee (go decaf if you're sensitive) with a significant amount of skim milk, like 3-4oz, so like 30-40 calories. I understand I'm not the only one who finds this disproportionately filling.

Finish your dinner with "dessert". Dessert can be a 10-calorie hard candy or a splenda-spiked cup of tea - just something sweet to punctuate the end of your meal because most of us respond to that signal.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:06 PM

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After dinner, tea works for me as that "signal" the 12:06 poster was talking about.

At night, I usually have peppermint or chamomile tea, unsweetened, and rarely I'll treat myself to a single square of extra dark chocolate (which is about 40 calories). But actually just peppermint tea is sweet on its own. I really like Aveda's Comfort Tea. With the chamomile, I go cheap and buy the brand Stash, which is like $1.99 a box at most grocery stores.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:15 PM

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12:06 is dead on.

I like to have a cliff bar about 4 pm and Im not starving at dinner. I have tried powerbars and fruit and other snacks but nothing seems to squash the evening hunger like ol cliff.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:36 PM

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Thanks for the tips. I eat small snacks before and after my workouts (per my nutritionist/trainer) and often don't get home until late, so it's tough.

The salad - shower - dinner trick is a GREAT idea and I'll try some new teas.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:55 PM

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I usually work out right after work and on my way home I eat a South Beach bar and drink an entire bottle of water. That takes the edge off for awhile and then I have dinner a bit on the late side and I'm good for the rest of the night.

Definitely slow down. Put your fork down and chew - chewing and swallowing are signals for your brain that you've eaten enough, even more so than the amount of food you eat.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:59 PM

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