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September 15, 2011 3:22 PM
Anyone else here a current or former late afternoon/evening binger? It's my worst time; I eat so sensibly throughout the day and then 6 pm rolls around and I turn into Vacuum Lady, inhaling small buildings with a single breath. I joke but it's true...and makes me sad that I can't seem to control/love myself enough to stop :(

I'm really interested in hearing what former evening bingers have done to overcome the night time hunger-beast within! Please give me some tips or ideas on how you mentally got yourself onboard your own program.
September 15, 2011 3:29 PM
bump
I have same problem would love to hear what others are saying to.
September 15, 2011 3:30 PM
I was like this for a while too. Until I read more on intermittent fasting. It has helped me so much so that I am more satisfied at night :]

I get up at 5-6 am do not eat until 2 pm where I have 20% of my calories, workout at 5, eat 50% of my calories post workout, then eat the rest an hour before bed time
September 15, 2011 3:31 PM
Allow yourself some calories for that time of day...pre-plan your day so you can have a snack. Also, if you have no cals left keep your hands busy or get moving. I tend to do a lot of running at night just so I keep myself out of the kitchen.
September 15, 2011 3:31 PM
I was like that too. Kind of still am. But luckily the occasional binge doesn't throw me off.
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September 15, 2011 3:31 PM
I workout in the evening, by the time i've finished and then had a bath etc there's less time to fall into temptation lol, also with my workout fresh in mind I don't want to undo all my hard work!!
September 15, 2011 3:32 PM
Are you also eating snacks during the day?

1 thing I do when I get the ugre to graze is to login here and see how hard i'm working.
But other then that I try to snack on something healthy like carrots or hard boiled egg white (which I keep on hand in the refer)
I also drink alot of water.
September 15, 2011 3:33 PM
I struggle with the same issue, but I find if I have something to keep my hands busy and less likely to go for food.
For example, I cross stitch, so when I start to crave food I tell my self I have to finish up to a certain point, by the time I get there I've forgotten about the craving.

Hope that helps!
September 15, 2011 3:34 PM
I am very guilty of afternoon binges. I think my reason is that I am so busy during the day. The evening is still busy, but I'm home and in the kitchen for a large part of the evening. The kids do homework at the table, we eat dinner, then I'm cleaning up. I have a ritual now that has helped me overcome those urges...I eat dinner, I have 2 pieces of sugar free candy, then I pop a piece of gum in my mouth and move to another part of the house. So far, so good. The last binge was Labor Day.
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September 15, 2011 3:36 PM
good point!
September 15, 2011 3:37 PM
QUOTE:

Are you also eating snacks during the day?

1 thing I do when I get the ugre to graze is to login here and see how hard i'm working.
But other then that I try to snack on something healthy like carrots or hard boiled egg white (which I keep on hand in the refer)
I also drink alot of water.


i do eat snacks; i'm also a vegetarian and i love whole, healthy foods. it doesn't seem to matter whether it's "naughty" foods or "healthier" foods; when i get into the binging frame-of-mind i take no prisoners
February 28, 2013 2:06 PM
Same here! ohmygosh I thought I was the only one who ate healthy but killed it when it came to binge eating! ugh I hate it but its the truth
February 28, 2013 2:09 PM
*Bump from a fellow night-time binger
February 28, 2013 2:14 PM
I used to be dreadful at after dinner snacking but have got a pretty good handle on it by:
a) going for a walk shortly after dinner. This usually ends up being between 30 mins and 1 hour - it takes me away from the ability to snack, but also earns me a few calories so I can have a little something when I get back if I still want it
b) drinking a mug of mint tea when I want to snack - there's no way I'd want to eat anything at the same time because the mint flavour is so strong and I find it fills me up and again makes me think twice about wanting to snack

But mainly I just make sure I'm keeping within my calorie allowance - if I have the calories, I have no problem eating something. If I don't, I won't eat it (because let's be honest, if I've had my calories for the day it's unlikely I need any more food!) - or the above will help!
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February 28, 2013 2:18 PM
For me, I need to eat a bigger lunch and snacks in order to not be so hungry at night. Even if I'm not super hungry in the afternoon, I usually have a good lunch. I've noticed that if I don't eat that much, I starve at night. So, I eat most of my calories before 4 pm. Works for me!
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February 28, 2013 3:55 PM
I do my best to save 200 calories for evening snacking.
February 28, 2013 4:13 PM
Try eating more often but smaller amounts during the day...
6-8am - eat breakfast
10am - eat a snack
12-1pm - eat lunch
3pm - eat a snack
5-6pm - eat dinner
8pm - eat a snack

This type of eating will level out your blood sugar so your not spiking/diving, and your body won't "crave" so much
(At least this is what a doctor told me)
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