I have tried every diet under the sun (as I'm sure we all have). You name it, I've tried it. I am able to eat healthy pretty much all day. Typically dinner is a little off (meaning some simple carbs as sides). But prior to dinner it's greek yogurt w/ protein, whole wheat wraps w/ cottage cheese, chicken ceaser salads, etc...
No matter the diet, no matter what I eat during the day (could be 1,500 calories or 3,500) I wake up around 1am and am hungry beyond explanation. It's a primal hunger. My typical choice ranges from pb and j, crackers, m and m's, ice cream, left overs, milk, etc... sugar, fat, salt. No matter the diet I night eat. I tell myself every single night, just don't eat. When you wake up tomorrow you can have breakfast. Last night, I wasn't hungy at all at 11:30pm. But, I woke up at 1am incredibly hungry - so I ate and slept like a baby.
I work out a lot. Typically cardio for 3 hours per week and weights 4 times per week along with golf twice per week. It hasn't always been this way - the working out has been since November. I night ate the exact same way before.
No varibales seem to matter... the only constant is waking up with "primal hunger".
So today, I googled "I can't stop eating in the middle of the night" and a disorder called NES popped up. Apparently it effects up to 3% of all people. I think I am definitely one of them.
The question is this. Does anyone else deal with his? If so, have you had any therapies, special diets, tips, or medicinal solutions to this? I know the obvious answer is "just don't eat" and that is something I have not been able to do. Through the day I have tremendous control over food. I could not eat until 3pm easily.
Please let me know.