P.S. I always have dessert. :D Whether it's low in calories or I save calories for it, if I want my dessert, I'm havin' it!
Hey, I have the same problem, calories are calories and it doesnt matter when you have them... something that keeps me full and helps me sleep comfortably... is a slice of toasted aunt mills 12 grain bread (110 calories, 6 grams of fiber) and some PB on it. I just calculate it with my daily calories and still lose a bunch of weight. Another idea is make some hot chocolate that you can sip on... that does the trick too. I figured out that if I eat dinner early I get hungry before bed, because I am hungry... I go to sleep LATE... so why not eat??? I just count the calories... don't starve yourself.
Oh and to figure out if you're really hungry and not thirsty, drink water first and wait 15 minutes.
Allowing yourseld to eat when you are hungry will help you in the long run, so once you lose the weight, you know what to do when you get hungry late at night... it's not that you're eating... it's what you eat and how much.
1. Eat dinner later
2. save some calories for an evening snack.
Other advice was good also. I have to save 100 calories for something to have around 9 pm.
And, for me, hunger is a good thing. I just had to learn to live with it, when I've had my quota of healthy calories thru out the day. It's a sign I'm losing. But, I can't be starving, or I don't sleep well..........its a fine line.
My nutritionist suggested getting more calories early in day and eat a lighter dinner. This way you're not starving in the evening before dinner and go on a binge!
I've had the same problem in the past. What I do now is eat about 1/3 of my total calories for the day before 5pm, and then save the last 2/3 for after 5pm, because that's usually when I tend to be the hungriest and/or when I want some sort of sweet or indulgence. Since I've been doing this I find that I rarely even spend my total allowance or I have to almost make myself eat more so that I use all my calories for the day.
I know it's said that breakfast should be your biggest meal, and dinner your smallest, but it doesn't work that way for me. I figure if you're not training for a competition or for sports, it doesn't really matter when you eat your calories. Ideally you should spread them out throuout the day to help your metabolism, but if you're going to overeat at night and go above your calorie limit, which is the better option - saving more for the night time hunger and not going over your limit, or spreading them out through the day, still splurging at night, and exceeding your limit?
Anyway, I hope this helps - it has really helped with me, as I am almost always hungrier at night than during the daytime hours.
Original Post by bobzzz:
I am trying to eat more fiber and do pretty well throughout the day. It's evening that has been my downfall for overeating, especially sugars and bad carbs. It would be great if my appetite just shut down after about 6pm. What's the best approach to feeling full before bed?
My nutritionist said simplest way to reduce evening cravings is eat more protein at breakfast. He said eating anything after 7 is not good because the insulin boost before bed time will delay the leptin cycle.
eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day...
avoid high carb dinners (they are digested quicker and leave you feeling hungry sooner) insted fill up on steamed vegetables and lean protein... because protein will keep you satisfied longer
leave some extra calories for after dinner, just incase you need a snack... if so, grab some baby carrots or fruit... drink some water, diet pop, crystal light or chew gum
i find that green tea is amazing before bed... it seems to suppress hunger, and you can snuggle up with it in front of the tv or with a book... this will keep you occupied and your mind off of food...
One word... POPCORN!!!
But not the processed kind because that defeats the purpose. But, the smell, sound, and action of popping corn helps satisfy, as well as the chewing and digesting... burning calories just to process it! And, 1 cup can have as little as 20 calories! I've found that since it takes me awhile to prepare and munch on it, I probably burn more calories than I consume, but I'm left feeling satisfied that I got my snack and also I don't feel guilty for ruining my plans!