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Being hungry during the night.... what do you think????


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Okay, I just started on CC about a week ago. I have been working out 5-6 days a week for 2 weeks now. I do cardio 3-4 times a week and strength training 2-3 times a week. I'm 22, 5'9", 205lbs w/ a large frame.

Okay, so I've been counting my calories closely. I've been eating about 1400 a day. Breakfast and lunch are around 300-400 calories, pre dinner snack is about 100-200, and my dinner is usually around 500-600 calories. My husband gets home late, so we usually eat dinner around 7:30-8:00pm. After that I don't eat anything else.

Well the last 4 nights, whenever I wake up I feel hungry. Like last night I woke up at 2am, because my 2 year old had woken up. I felt completetly empty and HUNGRY! I've just been ingnoring it and letting my stomach burn and going back to bed, but is this good???

It's weird too, because when I eat dinner I usually feel fairly full after those 600 calories, so why am I getting hungry so fast and at night???

What should I do??? I don't want my matabolism to slow because when I wake up I feel like I'm starving!

What do you guys think??? Is this okay or what should I do??
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Two things, I didn't plug any numbers into the Tools on here but 1400 cals seem low for the workouts you are doing so that may be why your hungry at night and when I wake up hungry like that I drink orange juice or milk, just 4 ounces or so and that is usually enough to allow me to fall back to sleep.

I'd say that if you're waking up very hungry, your body's running low on fuel and trying to tell you something... it's not good to wake up starvingly hungry. Don't be afraid to have a low-calorie snack if you wake up during the night and feel really hungry.

Exercise burns energy, so you're probably not eating enough to make up for the amount of energy you're using at the gym every day. I'm sedentary except for walking, and I still need 1550 calories each day.  

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I think you should save some of your calories so that you can have a small glass of warm milk maybe with a spoon of cocoa. This does 3 things, the warm milk helps you sleep (I can't think of the name of the protein), the cocoa will satisfy any sweet cravings, and lastly, the liquid will give you a full feeling.

 

Good luck

Thanks for the input!!!

So you guys think I should up my calories on days when I workout???

I guess I could have a snack or drink something whne I wake up at night, but I don't want that to become a habit or the norm. You know what I mean....

Maybe I'll bump my calories up to 1500-1600 on days when I workout and see how that goes.... Maybe eat a small snack right before going to bed.

I'm out of orange juice... I need to go get some more! 

My mother swears by the glass of milk when she wakes up hungry.  I never wake up hungry, so I'm definitely eating enough.  I am very hungry when I get back from my morning walk though, so I'm probably eating at the right level for my exertion.

I would definitely try 1500 calories for a week and then 1600 for a week and see what happens.  You shouldn't be waking up hungry, and eventually when you hit the right balance, I'm sure you won't.

My mother swears by the glass of milk when she wakes up hungry.  I never wake up hungry, so I'm definitely eating enough.  I am very hungry when I get back from my morning walk though, so I'm probably eating at the right level for my exertion.

I would definitely try 1500 calories for a week and then 1600 for a week and see what happens.  You shouldn't be waking up hungry, and eventually when you hit the right balance, I'm sure you won't.

Just to add, sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back asleep.  If I find that I'm tossing and turning I will get up and drink OJ or milk and usually within 20 minutes I'm asleep.  I think it is because I'm hungry even though I don't feel hungry.
1400 is probably too low for you on workout days.  Log all of your activities, including your workouts in the activity calculator, then check your total burned calories for the day on your account page.  Make sure you eat enough calories so that there's not more than 1000 calories difference between how many you eat and how many you burn.  For example, if you are burning 2800 calories for the day, then you should eat at least 1800 calories. 
Thanks everyone!!! You're all lifesavers!!!
 I had this happen to me last night. I layed there at 2:30 am tossing and turning until 3:30 because I was hungry and my body would not allow me to go back to sleep. So I got up and had 1/2 peanut butter sandwich and water. I don't feel guilty, I'm not logging it today and I went back to sleep right away. It doesn't happen very much to me. Actually that's the 2nd time in a month so i'm not too worried about it. Also I am getting ready to start my period soon and my body was telling me it needed a little more so I listened to it!
Well last night was better! I ate about 1500 calories yesterday and only did some very light effort stretches and such. I woke up last night agin and felt hungry, not WAY  hungry like before. I drank some water and then had one of my sons little yogurts that was about 100 calories and went back to bed.

So today I did 30 minutes or cardio, so I don't know how many calories I'm going to eat....  At least 1500, probably more and than I might have a teeny snack right before going to bed!
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