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Old 09-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
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I recommitted to losing weight about a week ago (sort of). I've started going to a yoga studio, I speedwalk or jog for at least an hour a day, and my eating has been impeccable...until midnight rolls around.

Sometime between 11 pm-1 am, I get ravenous. Not just an-apple-will-make-it-better hungry, I mean REALLY hungry. Inevitably, I end up pretty much binging and canceling out all of the good work I did that day.

Any advice for tackling this? I know it's something I need to figure out if I ever want to actually succeed in losing weight- and keeping it off.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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I wish I knew, because that's where I am too, to the point that I regained the 6 pounds I lost. *sigh*
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Drink a big glass of water and go to bed by 10 pm, then you can sleep through the hunger. Just have a good breakfast planned. That is what I do and it usually works.
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Not easy to do when you work until midnight, and then have to work another 4 hours when you get home.
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How long are you going from your prior meal until midnight? If you eat (as an example) a snack or small meal every three hours during the day, and then stop eating at 6 p.m., that would explain why you're hungry at midnight.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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Personally, and the OP may be different, my eating schedule is kind of reversed. Because I start work at 3:30 in the afternoon, my breakfast is anywhere from Noon until 2 p.m. Whenever I wake up and/or get hungry. Lunch is around 5 p.m. Dinner around 8 p.m. with my a snack usually between lunch and dinner, and again before I go home at 11:30. Some days I don't eat dinner until 9 or 10, depending on how hungry I am.
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Yeah, I would say my last meal is at around 7:30 pm...but for work reasons, like Rainbowgirl, going to bed earlier just isn't feasible.
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Yeah, I would say my last meal is at around 7:30 pm...but for work reasons, like Rainbowgirl, going to bed earlier just isn't feasible.
have a planned snack that includes some protein around 10 pm.
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Since you can't go to bed earlier, plan in a small snack for 11pm ish. That way you don't have to feel guilty about having a snack. Or if you don't want another separate meal, you could split your dinner into 2 and have the rest of it at some point between 11 and 1. Another thing I feel helps is a cup of hot tea (with or without milk depending on the tea) or reduced calorie hot chocolate. I'm a night person so I tend to stay up late and get most of my work done then and a large mug of hot tea (right now green tea with mint is my fave but last month it was lapsang and a couple of months before that earl grey, so it doesn't really matter) really helps.
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have a planned snack that includes some protein around 10 pm.
I like this idea.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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Thank you all for the feedback!

@toastedsmoke, I love the idea of splitting dinner into two--that way, when I get super hungry around 11, I'll get a fairly substantial amount of food.
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