Starve all day so you can pig out all night?
I am a night snacker, I LOVE Sweets, there is no way around those two facts. Sooo... I find that I have this bad habit of only eating 200-300 cals by the time supper hits (I'm starving and b!tchy by then!) I save my calories so I can pig out on crappy food at night!
Totally bad, bad, bad........ anyone else doing this?
I just signed up on this site today, so I am hoping to break this cycle, but yes, I totally binge at night. I have tried everything, but what seems to work best is to give myself a cut off time for eating. For me a reasonable time is 7:30. I am glad I read you post. I had not thought about this tendency in a while. (When I did Weight Watchers, I would "save my points" for nightly junkfood binges!
Trying to get away from that habit, although on weekends I have to budget for alcohol at night (totally unhealthy, I know) To try to wean myself off of the night time snacking I've taken to having a cup of chai tea. Just black, no milk and not that syrup crap they serve in a certain chain coffee store which will remain namless. Anyway the chai brewed from regular tea bags is spicy and sweet, and I find that a largish mug of it can take care of my cravings at night.
I've been drinking green tea at night, it gelps a little, but not much... I love sweets. Seriously need to fing lower cal options
Ugh! I do this all the time! It doesn't help when I actually have sweets in the house. If they are there, I HAVE to eat them. I rationalize and starve all day until I am absolutely grumpy and my family can't stand me. Then I have those wonderful sweets. If there aren't any in the house, I call my hubby who comes home from work at 10pm and ask him to pick up some donuts on the way home. I know he's doing it to make me happy, but it's making it soooo much worse!
How about Snack Wells?
Snackwells are great...if you can stop at one :S
i too postpone calories for as long as possible. i get so hungry i wake up in the middle of the night for food. sometimes i'm TERRIBLE and i eat ice cream, but lately i've been nuking a boca burger and eating it w/ketchup and that totally satisfies me somehow.
my strategy has always been to make myself work for my food. i actually think this would work better for other people than it does for me (i'd climb mount everest if there were a bunch of grapes waiting for me at the top). i get the all natural peanut butter that doesn't taste yummy enuf to binge on unless i mix it well w/splenda. or buy plain oatmeal instead of the instant so you can't make yummy oat clumps. dip marshmallows in fat free chocolate syrup (you can micro it!) instead of grabbin cookies.
perhaps at the prospect of "cooking" your cravings will go away. or at least it will take less to stop?
OOOOOOOO Marshmallows in chocolate! Sounds yummy!!
I am sooooooooooo guilty of this. It's pretty much what I do every day!!! But I reallly want to change this. The problem is that my mom keeps sooo much delicious snack-type food in the house and I can't resist it after being hungry all day! Let's all try to think of some ways to stop this- or maybe we could start a support thread or something. I NEED to stop this habit.
I only do this under the following circumstances:
Craving for Boston Pizza Raviolis (1/2 serving = 750cals)
But hey who eats half a serving :) So I'd eat carrots and drink tons all day.
But I know it's horrible for you to do that so I'm not doing this much at all.
And yesterday night I replaced my dinner cals of 700cals with a 144g bag of M&Ms cuz I really felt like having them.
I've done that. When only *choklit* will do ;)
try cutting up fruit and dipping it in chocolate or carmel (LIGHTLY)
if you like to snack at night make it an event that you have to prepare. dont just nosh from a bag.
i do snack at night and i (when dieting) allow myself to eat up to maintain cals. once i hit that if i want more..i think about everything else i want instead. and to do myself in for a cookie just makes me feel stupid.
and i think about what kind of good breakfast i am going to have tomorrow.
being too strict 24/7 will make you want to be bad on your diet.
also if you eat lightly during the day make healthy food mixed with some bad food. that way you wont feel so deprived.
but letting your blood sugar dip will compel you to eat agressively.
thats just the way it is.
oh man i've been doing that daily for the past few months! it's so hard to break the cycle. :/
diet pepsi (the nectar of the gods) and sprite zero are my allies when i feel like eating junk food... not so healthy i know because of the sodium but that taste of sweet for only 1 cal you got to love it. :P
I do that sometimes to, to cure the sweet craving. Actually, you know what is a good idea? Making a diet pop float with 1/2 serving of low fat icecream!! JOY***
I do this alll of the time! Haha- I really need to get out of the habit.
This week I've tried to eat a lot of Cool-Whip Free to satisfy my sweet cravings. (The chocolate version is great, especially if you tell yourself it's chocolate mousse hahaha)
yes. all the bloody time. I do MINUMUM half my eating after 8 o'clock. It's disgusting... :P (actually, I'm eating a big bowl of oatmeal and yogurt right now... guilty as charged)
at least it was oatmeal... i ate cake
just wanted to thank united2together for her strategies for tackling this crazy eating pattern. as a "dieter," i'm always so hesitant to schedule meals for that late at night (but i've already had dinner! i'll get fat!!). but it's the (accepting and then) planning and preparation that will keep my hands out of the cookie jar.
thanks for the reminder.