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ALETHEIAATHEOS Posts: 13
9/2/11 5:25 A

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Unless you're about to sleep, it might be fine to snack at night? I hear it's good to spread your food to smaller snack sized portions rather than full meals, as It keeps your body metabolism from slowing down. I'm trying to lower my carb intake myself, at the moment, so I can't really suggest rice cakes as snacks.

Tracking food at sparkpeople is a very good idea too. It makes it easier to divide your calorie intake over the day, and makes you accountable as mentioned.

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8/18/11 9:04 A

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Great advice everyone.
I'm a big time late night snacker myself. I usually deprive myself of calories all day and end up snacking at night (my favorite is fat free yogurt with kashi cereal mixed in! or frozen yogurt). I wonder if I'm subconsciously trying to make room in my diet for those late night snacks by not eating much all day.
I think I will try the tea suggestion or crystal light. I imagine the tannin's in the tea will help to take the bite out of the hunger I experience at night.
Limiting yourself to one snack at night is a good idea too instead of allowing yourself multiple sit downs to eat.
Thanks everyone!

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6/20/11 8:48 P

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I hate to advise anyone to "waste time" but that is exactly what I am going to write. At night, when I am tired and bored, my first urge is to snack. Well, I should say it used to be, because instead of snacking I now browse the web. Food blogs,news, department stores, Zappos, Amazon... and don't forget about all of the articles on Spark People. I just heard of the fantastic sight called stumbleupon.com. You chose your interests, and they search and find great sights for you to enjoy!. Good luck!

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6/1/11 1:02 P

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Try a cup of decaff tea for an "end of the evening" capper. It will fill your stomach and give you a little something sweet to put an end to your craving!

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PRINGLES25 Posts: 5
5/31/11 10:40 P

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This is my first day on SP and I'm already learning so many helpful tips! Late night snacking is a HUGE problem for me. I think I need to go to late-night snackoholics anonymous lol...but seriously, I've read all of your tips and they are all very informative and also comforting...I'm not the only one with these weight-loss challenges! and when I'm feeling weak, I can just come on here for daily reminders and words of encouragement. Thanks everyone! :)

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3/9/11 12:46 P

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I've found that my emotional/worry eating usually comes out late at night and recently realized that this is a habit I picked up from my mother. After (almost) everyone has gone to sleep she sits in the kitchen and "relaxes" by eating. Somehow she manages to stay in shape... I am trying to overcome this habit by substituting what I was raised to snack on (ice cream, crackers, etc) with other things (tea, miso, broth, fruit). Then I don't go to bed cranky.

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3/7/11 11:47 A

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Hi! This is my first time doing this stuff but I am like seriously surrenduring. I like how you are tracking your weight. Good luck on the night time snacking. The funniest thing is I am a carboholic too! :)

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3/4/11 4:04 P

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I have such a hard time with this! I am able to control my daily calories and usually get in some quality gym time (about 3-4 days a week) but once dinner is over and I am relaxing at night, the cravings kick in. I have been been trying to curb it with either a sugar-free, low calorie popsicle or some fruit. I am also a carb-o-holic so I could plow through some saltines or tortilla chips like nothing, but instead I will have half a serving of pretzels or drink some tea. UGH it is so hard but I do find that if I "plan" on an after dinner snack (about 50-100 calories) I will usually budget it into my meal plan for the day and then my calories aren't too high. But yes I feel all of your pain! :-(
Oh another thing I am trying...a picture of a swim suit model (who is not stick thin but w/some shape, similar to what I will look like once toned) on the side of the fridge or somewhere that I can see it w/o it looking creepy to friends. This reminds me of what I am trying to accomplish and that bikini weather is on its way!!
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1/24/11 8:04 P

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I'm really bad with having sweets once it gets later at night. I ate dinner at 7 and just now had a small piece of chocolate, and now I'm DONE- seriously, no more eating tonight!! If I start to want something, my plan is to have some decaf tea and then brush my teeth! Hope this works!


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1/24/11 11:50 A

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Also, track all of your food on sparkpeople. I have found that if I know I am going to track my food, I am accountable to every calorie and will have to see what it does to my total calories for the day.

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1/24/11 11:49 A

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Drink lots of water.
I also have a hot air popcorn popper. It is a cheap easy quick snack that doesn't have the consequences of heavier high calorie/fat snacks.

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1/22/11 12:31 A

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I agree night time is definitely the hardest. surprisingly ive actually gotten a lot better at it and the main thing id say is to "plan" to do something. whether its get in bed and watch a movie or show. it sounds weird but getting "excited" to do something takes your mind off it. another thing that has worked for me is grab a bottle of water and come on to SP and read success stories!! its very inspirational emoticon

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1/20/11 10:03 P

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Nighttime snacking is my biggest downfall. I always schedule in an after dinner snack, but when everyone else goes to bed I just want to eat and eat and eat.

One thing that I've learned is to keep a lot of Crystal Light packets stocked. I drink them slowly and they're super sweet so I don't always want anything else. I also remind myself that I'm weighing in first thing in the morning so not to ruin it by pigging out now!


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10/2/10 9:34 P

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I used to snack a lot at night, too. One thing that has helped is that I think to myself "am I actually hungry?" and drink some water instead to see if that helps. I also think to myself "do I really need this?"

If I am getting a sweet tooth craving, I'll have some tea instead. One of my favorites is a chocolate orange rooibos tea made by Republic of Tea called Year of the Tiger. Sometimes I'll add a little Silk Light Soymilk to it. Not a lot, so it's not adding too many calories. I've also got a few herbal teas.

If I do eat some food, I try to munch on something low calorie like a slice of cheese, or a handful of frozen sweet corn (yes, still frozen. It's pretty tasty actually!)

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9/15/10 1:04 A

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I found a recipe to make a brownie in the microwave, and it is awesome. It's not that "good for you," but it's 200 calories, and if I know I get to eat that later, I don't snack as much on stuff I don't really want. I save up for the good stuff!

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9/12/10 1:52 A

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The mini-rice cakes are a fabulous idea - satisfying and crunchy! I also find a bowl of cereal hits the spot, but I often end up gorging myself.

Lately, I've been allowing myself to have *one* nighttime snack. Rather than prohibiting myself completely from eating anything after dinner, I find that I look forward to my one snack. Then, I'm not tempted to overdo it. Make sense?

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9/8/10 3:47 P

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I also find that minty gum helps. Mint is known to be an appetite suppressant.

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9/2/10 12:09 P

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Another thing that helps with late night food cravings...brush your teeth. For some reason, food just doesn't sound as good when you have minty fresh breath. ;)

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8/20/10 12:48 P

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Ugh, me too! I'm horrible with nighttime snacking!

Maybe try a cup of hot decaf tea. That'll fill you up and relax you for bedtime :)

Another thing I do to take my mind off of food is to pick up around the house about an hour before bed time. I just take about 10-20 minutes and then usually my mind is off of food by the time I'm finished...plus I'm happy I picked the place up!

Also, try to go for low calorie snacks, if you really can't resist. Quakes (mini rice cakes) are awesome because they're crunchy and you feel like you're really "eating", know what I mean? Also, fruit and veggies are always a good choice.

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ALABASTER82 Posts: 8
3/2/10 10:40 A

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Sorry- duplicate post.

Edited by: ALABASTER82 at: 3/2/2010 (11:35)
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3/2/10 10:35 A

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This is a big problem of mine as well. I used to eat cereal, but found that I have a problem controlling myself and could eat half of a box as one bowl didn't seem to satisfy me enough!!

During the day I am really good, and it is really easy, but night is when the munchies hit and I sometimes lose control.

Anyway, sorry I don't have anything super useful to add, just want to say that I totally understand and share your problem ;) Good luck!


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2/17/10 12:49 P

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I just started the SP nutrition, and I have found herbal tea to be a huge help! I never even drank tea before I started SP, but it really curbs my cravings after dinner. I like the yogi tea you can buy at the grocery store, and I will put a tiny drop of honey in it if I need some sweet. The tea has little to no calories, but the nutrients still absorb into your body and help to curb your appetite. Try any herbal tea that has licorice root, it's my favorite!

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1/20/10 11:43 P

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Nighttime snacking is definitely a challenge. I try to limit myself to one kashi chocolate chip cookie after dinner to curb my sweet tooth. I am trying to drink 16oz of water with lemon before bed to make me feel "full"!

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1/20/10 10:12 A

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Well if you are bored you need to get up and do something rather than eat. Go for a walk, chew some gum, do an exercise video, play a video game. Anything that will occupy you and prevent you from eating.

When you are hungry try to find a healthy snack and eat a single portion of it. Grab some fruits and veggies, or eat a couple crackers. Get yourself one portion of whatever food you want to eat, and eat it slowly.

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1/19/10 3:49 P

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It depends...sometimes I snack out of boredom and other times I snack because I'm actually hungry. I usually have a cup of cereal before I go to bed, which I'm trying to stop doing. Number one, it's usually Lucky Charms, which isn't the best cereal in the world. And number two, it usually just makes me want to eat more of something else...

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1/19/10 9:23 A

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I have trouble snacking at night after dinner. I have less difficulty if I plan a snack into my schedule - that way if I'm tempted to mindlessly eat something, I can remind myself that I'll have my "dessert" later.
Lately I've been eating a cut up apple with cinnamon and caramel, having a bowl of cereal or oatmeal if I want something a little sweet. And if I'm in the mood for something salty - popcorn.

As obvious as it sounds, to decrease unplanned snacking, I need to keep myself out of the kitchen - it seems like every time I walk in, I want to grab a bite of something.


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1/19/10 9:01 A

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Are you snacking because you are hungry, or because you are bored?

I eat a snack in the evening. However I eat one serving of whatever it is, and I try to make that items something relatively healthy. I typically have a Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwich or some air popped pop corn.

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Gandhi


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1/19/10 8:15 A

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I have a huge problem with snacking at night. Does anyone have any good tips to decrease the snacking??

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