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How to Stop Late Night Snacking

Weigh In: Stopping Late Night Snacking

FitSugar reader kimmyk10 from our Weight Loss Support group needs your help. Can you offer her any advice on how to manage her late night snacking habit?

So I have been trying to eat better and count my calorie input/output for the past month or so; I am even keeping a food journal. I am usually pretty good throughout the day . . . that is until about 8 p.m. rolls around. I become this ravaging, hungry lady who will eat anything sweet in sight. I will sometimes undo my entire days worth of diet and exercise because my sweet tooth is so bad.

So I was wondering if you guys and gals have any pointers that you all use to avoid late night snacking? Or do you have any low-cal snacks that won't have me working out extra hard the next day to make up for my late night binging?

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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 7 years
i fry two egg whites LOVE them and if i'm too lazy to cook and clean then i'm probably not that hungry
northen123 northen123 7 years
I have a problem with late night snacking, too. But I've realised that it's more because I'm used to eating at that time (me and my parents always used to eat crisps/popcorn/whatever infront of the TV in the evenings). For me, it's more of a habit than hunger.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
The problem with drinking soda, caffeinated or not, is the sugar. 25g = just over 6 teaspoons of sugar (8 ounces, less than a can). If you can control the amount, then 4 oz isn't too bad. I just know personally that once I open a can, I'm done for :p
jliu122 jliu122 7 years
Ugh!! I did this exact thing last night so I totally understand how you feel. Usually I try not to have snacks around, like a whole package of cookies or ice cream, which makes me feel less compelled to go out and buy sugary food (my downfall last night was Girl Scout cookies!). Busying myself with reading a magazine or going out for a walk sometimes helps. I've also noticed that many times I've misread my hunger when I'm actually just thirsty so I'll drink a big glass of water.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I eat a bowl of cereal with soy milk, a Larabar, some Dove dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, or something along those lines. If you're hungry, you should absolutely eat, don't ignore that. Then after that snack, brush your teeth.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I'm a little late here, but I would say that if you're ravenously hungry at 8 p.m., you probably need to eat dinner later. If you eat something before you get to the point of being uncontrollably hungry, it will be easier to refrain from eating unhealthy food.
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
I have heard that if you are not getting enough protein, you crave sweets. So make sure you are getting at least 50 grams of protein a day (that's the general US guideline I see referenced). Some times, I do give in and have ice cream, etc. after dinner. But if I'm in the mood for something sweet and know that I need to eat something healthier that day, I go for a bowl of vanilla soy milk with granola or cereal. It's filling and good.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
My tip for not snacking after dinner is to workout in the evening. This will force you to be more vigilant about what you eat for dinner amd more disciplined about having a cut-off point for eating in the evenings, as there is nothing more horrible then exercising on a full stomach or the guilt of missing a work-out because you over-ate. Balancing your caloric intake throughout the day is really really really hard and I'm struggling with it too. My biggest problem before introducing evening workouts is that if I just exercised in the morning or after work/before dinner, I would be more relaxed and less vigilant about what I ate throughout the day, sort of using exercise as a license to indulge myself or making food a reward of a good workout.
dontcallmediane dontcallmediane 7 years
when I get off from work at about 10:30 or 11 at night I have a banana, a cheese stick, and one piece of chocolate, roughly 200 calories, and then I'm done!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I have the exact same thing, but I crave carbs as well! Usually I just have a cup of decaf tea, or some low cal jelly. I also bought one of those "do it yourself Popsicle" thingies, and froze some sugar free cordial, so I've got a sweet that'll keep me occupied for a bit and seriously hits the spot. Frozen berries are awesome as well.
sonrisa381 sonrisa381 7 years
like many of you, I like a hot tea, maybe with a little agave and soymilk stirred in. then I think about what I'm going to eat for breakfast. sometimes you have to remember that you WILL eat again!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
The first comment is really helpful - brushing your teeth and using mouth rinse will help, because most food and drinks taste pretty bad mixed with the flavor of toothpaste. I like to eat baby carrots or yogurt for late night snacks. They don't have a lot of calories and won't sabotage your diet.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- I brush and floss after my meal (as I do after every meal). Having a clean, fresh mouth diminishes any cravings I have for food. However, the caveat is that I ate enough food. My body is not deprived. However, during certain times of the month, I do crave more food (especially the bad stuff -- fatty, starchy, sugary, salty, etc). It's hormone driven. In this case, having brushed my teeth does NOT cut it. I just have a cup of hot, fruity tea (unsweetened). That helps calm my cravings and my nerves.
dani19 dani19 7 years
i do a couple of things but i notice that if im near the kitchen late night watching tv or something i feel almost compelled to grab something from the kitchen. so instead i make myself a cup of tear and grab a fruit and stay upstairs and try to fall asleep as early as possible. sometimes if i feel like treating myself i have a greek yogurt. just drinking something warm helps and it doesnt need to be tea, coffee or even 25 calorie swiss miss. however the best thing i do is i just dont buy anything i will regret eating, even if its late night.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I get that sweet-tooth craving at night sometimes, too. I usually eat some berries and yogurt with a sprinkle of cocoa powder on it. It's like a parfait and it's REALLY yummy. Then I brush my teeth and my sweet cravings are gone.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I have this problem, too. I'll often eat an entire extra meal's worth of calories after dinner if I don't watch myself. I do better when I plan out a little snack, like cheese or a pudding cup, before bed. If I know there's still more food coming, I don't feel so deprived & don't desperately wolf down anything I can get my hands on.
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
the way i stopped snacking at night (i'm an ice cream addict) was I established a diet change for myself that i felt compelled to stick to. Whenever I think my junk food intake is getting out of control, I start eating vegan. It brings me back to plant-based nutrition and gets me away from ice cream, chocolate, etc. When you feel the need to establish yourself in a certain light (i.e. a vegan for me) I'll reach for ice cream and then remember that I've made an ENTIRE dietary change that is good for me, not just gave up the one thing I overindulge in.
Feesje Feesje 7 years
A nice hot cup of tea!
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
I agree with everyone else. You need to eat a bit more during the day, especially protein. Having said that though, I think the persistant craving for a treat at night is just a deeply imbedded habit...I know because I have it! What works for me is to have a little sweet low calorie treat that makes me feel like I am not depriving myself...I know it is psychological, but sometimes changing your diet and lifestyle requires some psychological re-wiring. This does require will-power though. My treat of choice is a couple of animal crackers, the ones that come in the cute cardboard box with the circus animals on it. Two or three of these with a cup of hot green tea with a tad bit of honey in it is perfect and hardly any calories. You just have to make sure you don't eat the whole box! :)
cjstraus cjstraus 7 years
I get the same thing and hate it! Snacking at night can make me feel really out of control and I have a killer sweet tooth. Recently, I gave up sugary foods for Lent and haven't slipped yet, but I still get the cravings at night. What I have been doing is having a glass of fat free milk with ovaltine and a wasa cracker with peanut butter. The protein in the the PB and milk help me feel satisfied and the ovaltine sweetens the milk (without added sugar) enough that it feels like a treat. If you're not watching sugar then i might add some chocolate syrup or something to the milk instead. I have found that I tend to choose more carby foods than protein rich foods, so eating more protein throughout the day and especially at dinner helps too. Hope that helps :)
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