Originally Posted by BethRicher
I can control my eating during the day well most days however between 6 pm and 10 pm I am out of control. I leave the house so I don't eat then when I get home I want to eat and I do eat more nights.. I need to stop this but find myself out of control so any suggestions would help me greatly and Beck I ordered the 2 books you mentioned in your post
Beth, I am just like you. Before starting my diet regimen a few months ago I used to eat during the evening hours after dinner. But I have been able to stop that.
Are you following any particular dietary plan? I am doing a low carb / low fat diet, spreading my meals and snacks out throughout the day. Breakfast has never been a big deal for me. In fact, I used to skip it. Now, I just have an egg and sometimes a small bowl of fibrous cereal. For lunch and dinner I typically have lean protein and veggies with a low glycemic index. In between meals I have a high protein, low fat and low carb snack and/or a low sugar fruit (like raspberries). I particularly like the "Pure Protein" brand of protein shakes that I buy pre-made.
Now, after dinner I often eat a Pure Protein bar -- which is like having a desert because they are very good. This usually satisfies any hunger or craving that I have in the evening. I have realized that in the past when I raided the pantry in the evenings I was not really hungry.... I was eating out of habit and boredom while I was watching TV. On occasions when I am actually hungry in the evening and want to eat something other than my protein bar, I will eat some veggies. I would eat a few pickles (because they are very low in calories and carbs, but they have a high sodium content which I am trying to minimize). So, what I have done is make a cucumber salad comprised of thinly sliced cucumber marinated in apple cider vinegar and sprinkled with splenda.
I have found that as I have taken off weight, it has become easier to follow my diet plan. This is because I have worked so hard to lose the weight I have lost so far, and I do not want to do anything to jeopardize that weight loss and waste all my effort and hard work. Its just not worth it for a few moments of gratification. Another major thing I have done is make sure that I make meals that are tasty -- even if they are low carb, low fat and low calorie. I have been experimenting with lots of different recipes that I have never made before, incorporating spice and ingredients that I have never or rarely used. This varying of my diet has made it easier to stay on the diet plan and makes me realize that this is something that I can do for the long haul.