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"good" all day...mess up at night?

I eat healthy throughout my morning & workday. Unfortunately almost everyday I blow it when I am done work by snacking, eating high calorie dinners. I do not keep junk food around the house, but Ill snack on "healthy" junk food like 100 calorie packs, sugar free treats, etc. Anyone have any suggestions or have the same problem?

Thu. Mar 8, 12:42pm

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I TOTALLY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM......I try to eat a sensible dinner because I've been good all day and then I feel like I'm hungry an hour later and want a snack or two or three. Its really fustrating!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 12:59 PM

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Make sure you're getting enough calories during the day. Everyone needs at least some healthy fats & fiber, too. If you're essentially 'starving' yourself during the day, it makes sense that you're famished by the end of the night.

OTOH, if that's not the case, you may want to try altering your meal times and/or spreading out your meals into more frequent, smaller 'meals.'

Hope this helps!

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 1:32 PM

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1:32 poster here, just realized there's another thread in the community a bit similar to your question, titled "How do I stop eating so much at night?" Just another thing to check out for more ideas...

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 1:34 PM

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or you could just suffer through the hunger pangs for a few nights until they go away. that worked for me. it was tough, and i showered, brushed my teeth, flossed for an hour, gave myself facials, cleaned out closets...just kept myself busy and NOT eating. after a few nights, the pangs were gone and my evenings are a breeze to deal with now. for my dinner, i usually have a yogurt and an apple and some veggies with hummus...keep it light but healthy.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 1:43 PM

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I have the same problem. I have figured out that I want to reward myself for being 'good' all day, and sweets are my reward. Sometimes I try to make sure I have not so bad treats, like sugar free fat free chocolate pudding/fudgscicles, or diet hot chocolate or something. But sometimes it seems like that perpetuates the problem.

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 4:42 PM

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Eat a decent breakfast. Studies proving that eating a decent-size breakfast heads off night bingeing have gotten a lot of press lately. As a former eat-most-of-my-calories-after-dark type, my anecdotal experiences are in total agreement.

100-calorie packs aren't "healthy", they're just portion-controlled treats. Sugar-free and fat-free don't necessarily mean calorie-free, so don't fall into that trap either.

It sounds like there might be a bit of boredom going on...or if you've got a crazy homelife, maybe food is a bit of escapism/avoidance. See if you can find another outlet for that by getting involved in more structured activities at night - a gym routine, a night class, a weekly volleyball game, a regular trip to the library, that sort of thing. If you're nowhere near the fat-free cookie jar, you can't dip into it, right?

Thursday, March 08, 2007, 5:37 PM

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Ditto the poster above: those 100 calorie packs and sugar free snacks are not healthy. Look at the ingredients.

Perhaps you're not eating enough throughout the day? And if you have a tough workout routine (over 60 minutes with lots of exertion) maybe you should have a low-calories protein shake afterwards for recovery. This could help ward of hunger.

I'd get rid of all the snack pack junk food and keep a bowl of fruit around. After dinner when you think you're still hungry, think about whether you want an apple or banana or orange. If the answer is no, then you're not really hungry and you're snacking for some other reason.

Friday, March 09, 2007, 10:58 AM

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the bottom line is implementing more self-control. ask yourself, before you grab for a late-night snack, "is feeling bad worth the momentary taste sensation of this treat?"

as far as the 100-calorie snackpacks, and the sugar-free, fat-free treats referred to, these are, by no stretch of the imagination, whole foods. whole foods will not only provide you with more nutrients per calorie, but are more filling for a longer period of time. instead of a 100 calorie snackpack, why not go for 100 calories worth of almonds or yogurt or fruit? the answer seems obvious, just difficult to implement. don't fall into the trap of eating junk food that's disguised as healthy-diet-friendly-food.

Friday, March 09, 2007, 11:13 AM

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