Yes, evening eating has previously destroyed an EXCELLENT food choice day. I had started saying "oh I can just have this one" and it was turning into another one, and another one, and another one. Kinda like smoking...one cigarette leads to another and another and another...
This is definitely my problem. I miss regular meal times, get very hungry in the evening, and munch on mindlessly. In the morning I'm still so full that I have no appetite for breakfast, so I skip it, sometimes skipping even lunch, and here we go again... I am trying to eat every three hours now in order to stop this cycle. And really focus on doing something interesting during the evenings instead of eating because I'm bored!
I am retired and late evening binging was ruining a day of good habits. I had tried the solutions listed and found the one that works for me is to go to bed earlier - BEFORE the 'binge attack' hits me.
Try to avoid anything that may contain simple or complex carbohydrates for a week and you'll be surprised how fast the overeating in the evening stops !
I have been on the Ideal Protein Diet for 60 days now and have not had a single urge to overeat, at night. My schedule doesn't allow to always stick to regular mealtimes. So, the absence of carbs seems to make the difference.
"The arbitrary 5.00pm" - well no, it is not arbitrary. It is merely a time of day that means something to millions of folk, but is obviously not viable for shift-workers. If you are on shift work, or other not-usual timings, change it around to suit. Your 5.00pm may be my 3.00am, who knows. Just use the information as guidance - it is so not trying to set down time rules for us all, just to give us ideas, and help us to make better decisions about our food and our lives.
OR...you could just cut wheat and grains from your diet and the cravings and urge to binge on evening carbs will vanish. Mine did. To learn more about the addictive quality of wheat read Dr. William Davis' book "Wheat Belly". It really doesn't have to be a battle of will power if you understand why you're constantly fighting a losing war with cravings and binging.
I am so guilty of this. I am fine all day but as soon as I hit the house look out. I eat dinner, dessert and snack all evening long. I work 8-5 most days but don't always get a lunch break so I'll have a snack at my desk so when I get home I'm starving and stressed so unfortunately eating is my down fall. Late night eating does pack on the pounds. When I worked 7-3:30 and had a regular lunch break everyday I didn't do this in the evening and I have packed on the weight since my schedule changed.
Aw man!!!...this is so my problem...& my husband & son do the same thing...just last night I had to stop my son from munching on dorritos or he would have eaten the entire bag...i will definitly be more aware of this now...great article....
The arbitrary 5pm bothers me (as it does so many others.) I work irregular hours, DH works midnights. Our dinner is normally 7-730 pm. This is the time I get to spend with him, I am not going to eat alone earlier (if I am even home from work) and then force him to eat alone later. The suggestions to keep the hands busy and away from food were good, but the 5 pm cut-off alienated me and I almost didn't read all the way to the end of the article.
8/5/2012 10:22:20 AM
Oh Em Gee! How did you get inside my head? Or my house for that matter?
Lately, evening snacking is a huge, huge problem for me. I have usually kept it light - a freezer pop (or two) and I'm okay. Occasionally a soda pop.
But my youngest is going away to college in a week, which will mean both my kids are away at college. So I am eating! Alot! And I can keep it under control for the most part until evening, and then I fall apart.
Don't you dare ask me how may cookies I had last night! And sadly, they did not even taste good.
Food is not for chasing away fears, food is for nourishment. I think I gonna write that on the palm of both my hands.
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