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Starving when I wake up...??


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I have a weird habit- I always feel hungry when I wake up from a nap/ sleep. For the past few nights I have been stupidly sabotaging my diet by binging after I wake up. I tried eating before I sleep to prevent the hungry feeling when I wake up, but I seem to have developed the "habit" of binging whenever I wake up! Sometimes I binge when I'm not really that hungry, or I don't know when to stop. I just feel there's a strong need to EAT when I wake up. Anyway got the same problem with me here???
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i'm generally really hungry when i wake up in the morning, even when i didn't exactly starve myself the night before. i don't know if this little trick will work for other people, but i'd suggest developing a routine (even for after naps) where you make tea (probably decaf, since caffeinated will just make you feel weird if you're already hungry) with milk or something else to drink. it buys you a little time to gauge how hungry you really are (you're probably not starving) and does a pretty good job of filling you up, so you might not feel like binging. also-- keeping food that takes awhile to prepare makes it difficult to binge-- after drinking something, i make poached eggs or peel a grapefruit and cut the sections in half. it sounds silly, but taking the time to prepare makes me think more about what i'm eating. the whole point is to develop new habits. you're right, binging is a habit, but you can break it by trying different routines and not denying yourself a healthy snack if you're hungry. hope that helps.
Do you work out a lot and/or have a really large deficit in your calories or do you think it's just a habit?  I know that when I work out a lot and don't adjust my calories, I wake up in the middle of the night because I'm so hungry.  This usually happens when I've gone beyond 1000 calorie deficit for a couple of days, which I try hard not to do (unless I don't realize my intensity has changed drastically).  Sometimes I wake up and want to eat anything and everything in front of me.  I do use morning hunger as a gauge to make sure I'm in deficit, though.  If I don't feel like this, then I know I need to make an adjustment.  Also, are you snacking?  If you go long periods of time without eating, you can really get so empty that you want to binge, especially after you wake up.  Making yourself drink a large glass of water when you wake up (you can keep a carafe next your your bed), will help slow you down, too.

Hi - New to this site, NOT new to dieting though! 

I understand that first thing in the a.m. hunger thing.   I agree with mlbtracy - drink a full glass of water.  It works to throw off the craving because most mornings I'm running around trying to get off to work.  Takes my mind off looking for breakfast at least for a while.   Hope that is of some help.  Habits are hard to break, but if you interrupt the old habit by throwing in a monkey wrench (whole glass of water), then maybe it will jolt the binge out.   Good luck!

I also have the same problem when i wake up from naps/sleep in the afternoon. I think it has something to do with low blood sugar levels, and having quit diet coke (in the past I would drink that and the caffiene would be enough to "wake" me up. )  I have also strugled for a solution.

I don't really know a solution, except what i've been trying is either not to nap. Also it tends to be when i didn't really "need" the sleep in the first place or nap too long that I have this problem. If i do nap, I do it just before dinner so I can eat that straight after I wake up, so i'm not eating too many unplanned cals.

I don't have the problem in the morning though.

I def. agree with the the large glass of water. I can't drink it cold though, it has to be room temp. and if you can find lemons maybe putting  alittle lemon in it will help too (plus, its a diuretic and may help you go poo, just what you wanted to know, right?). I usually wake up feeling the same way...starving feeling, but with time and water it passes by until I am ready to eat breakfast.

Ii like the tea idea, also if you could make sugar free lemonade or iced tea for after the naps, that may help for a while too. 

I def. agree with the the large glass of water. I can't drink it cold though, it has to be room temp. and if you can find lemons maybe putting  alittle lemon in it will help too (plus, its a diuretic and may help you go poo, just what you wanted to know, right?). I usually wake up feeling the same way...starving feeling, but with time and water it passes by until I am ready to eat breakfast.

Ii like the tea idea, also if you could make sugar free lemonade or iced tea for after the naps, that may help for a while too. 

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