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Eliminating over-snacking after dinner

GemimaFitzTedGemimaFitzTed Posts: 228Member Member Posts: 228Member Member
I'm really good during the day. My breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are healthy and filling. Yet after dinner, actually as soon as the kids are in bed, the over-snacking monster in me strikes!

What are your tips and techniques to banish the over-snacking monster?
edited January 10


  • ajwcyclist2016ajwcyclist2016 Posts: 161Member Member Posts: 161Member Member
    What sort of things are you snacking on. If it's sweet things try to have a healthier option like some fruit etc. Fair enough It will add some calories to your day but it will also have minerals and fibre that your body will thank you for
  • FireOpalCOFireOpalCO Posts: 635Member, Premium Member Posts: 635Member, Premium Member
    Get out the sauce pan and make a nice cup of hot cocoa. It takes a while to make and slow to consume. It's my treat when I have enough calories at the end of the day. It sound decadent but mine comes in around 230-250 calories per serving (I use 1% milk). The warmth will also make you relaxed and sleepy.
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Posts: 24,294Member Member Posts: 24,294Member Member
    Is this your daily "stress relief"? I found I had to replace it with a different stress reliever. For me, that was exercise. Maybe for you that a hot bath or a coloring book or whatever...
  • MeginkgMeginkg Posts: 23Member Member Posts: 23Member Member
    This week I made a pint of sugar free jelly filled with fruit, as I'm a serial after dinner snacker. As fate would have it, I'm no longer hungry after my meals! But is a great idea if you have a sweet tooth...
  • zeejane03zeejane03 Posts: 993Member Member Posts: 993Member Member
    I had the same issue and realized that for me-night time snacking was because of habit, not actual hunger. I now no longer eat after 7pm and this works great for me.
  • callsitlikeiseeitcallsitlikeiseeit Posts: 6,427Member Member Posts: 6,427Member Member
    stop buying the stuff you are snacking on.

    or learn portion control.

    most snacks i can ignore. the few i cant, i dont buy, or portion mine out and let the husband and boy child have a field day with the rest of it lol
  • concordanciaconcordancia Posts: 4,901Member Member Posts: 4,901Member Member
    -Are you eating enough during the day?
    -Try a flavorful tea or similar drink
    -Do something. Go to bed once you have the kids down or go for a walk or do some yoga or take up knitting...
  • FflpnariFflpnari Posts: 709Member Member Posts: 709Member Member
    I plan out my food and tend to eat the same thing daily. I always have room for something after dinner. 99.99% of the time I have ice cream.

    Are you under eating throughout the day?

    Is it true Hunger? Boredom? Habbit? Drink water, still hungry??
  • GemimaFitzTedGemimaFitzTed Posts: 228Member Member Posts: 228Member Member
    @quiksylver296 - I am about to get back into fitness (starting with a trainer of Monday - WOOTS!). I suspect partially it is stress-relief. I am now doing my daily self-reflection (5 minute journal) and daily planning at night to help stop the cravings. What doesn't help is hubby eating his snack right next to me. My self-control needs to be so much greater!

    @concordancia - I am definitely eating enough during the day. When I get back into the groove of exercise, I will watch that my deficit isn't too much. In the past, I had such a big deficit that I was under 1200 cal. Did far more damage than any good.

    @callsitlikeiseeit - I don't buy the snacks, but hubby does. I firmly believe that he should be able to buy what he wants and my over-snacking is due to my lack of self-control/regulation. If he choses to eat them, then he can. My over-indulgence is my own fault :-( But as you said, I should portion them out. Instead of cold-turkey approach, portion out and sart portioning less. I can then start actually eliminating.

    I do eat far too quickly too. I need to make sure I have a big glass of water with me during dinner too.

    I thank each and everyone of you for your suggestions. It's helping me!

    EDIT: WOOTS! 100 posts!
    edited January 10
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 17,964Member Member Posts: 17,964Member Member
    When I don't get enough protein in relationship to carbs, I over snack. I want to be able to be less vigilant about protein after dinner, but I have found this doesn't work for me :(
  • kbushe3221kbushe3221 Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    Oh gosh this is so me. I love to end the night with something sweet/chocolate. The only way I de with this successfully is to save calories for this snack because if not I will eat it anyway and go over my goal.
  • suziecue25suziecue25 Posts: 289Member Member Posts: 289Member Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    When I don't get enough protein in relationship to carbs, I over snack. I want to be able to be less vigilant about protein after dinner, but I have found this doesn't work for me :(

    Ah thank you kshama2001 now I know why I'm finding it easier not to over snack, I'm eating more protein than I was last time around.
  • GemimaFitzTedGemimaFitzTed Posts: 228Member Member Posts: 228Member Member
    @kshama2001 - carbs are always at or slightly over the daily goal and most of the time, my protein goal is not met. For example I still had 42g remaining for protein yesterday. Yet I met my carb goal quite easily.

    I will look at now increasing my protein intake. Thank you for that insight!
  • blueblockblueblock Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    I don't allow myself to snack after dinner, but when the urge strikes—and it certainly does—I have a few pieces of Jolly Rancher sugarless hard candies (35 calories from sugar alcohol in four pieces). I find that the tart flavors curb my snack attacks.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 2,225Member Member Posts: 2,225Member Member
    I'm another who was at one point snacking in the evening (and at some other times) more out of habit than because it was around. So I made a rule for myself that I don't snack between meals. This doesn't mean I never have dessert (or something special after dinner that's not sweet, like a cheese course). I just think of that as different from snacking.

    For me snacking tends to be just going into the kitchen and grabbing something unplanned, or having a little bit out of a larger container (with the cheese, taking a little cheese, and then a little more) in an unplanned and sort of mindless way. (Of course, people also call more planned but small meals snacks, and I understand that usage too, but in my mind that tends to be mini-meals. They don't work for me since I prefer fewer larger meals, and tend to end up wanting to eat more, but I understand they work for many who have other preferences.)

    A dessert is a planned end to dinner (or pretty soon after dinner), where I have a certain pre-determined amount, within my calories (or on a special occasion where I'm not counting or worrying about calories). This is on a plate, eaten where I would eat dinner, not on the go, and its something I really like.

    For some reason I find when I let myself snack I don't control it well and it gets mindless, and doesn't really affect how much I want to eat at other meals. If I limit it to a small something special after dinner which I have on some days, I tend to be satisfied and not to want more afterwards.
  • SpicyWaterSpicyWater Posts: 99Member Member Posts: 99Member Member
    Find a low-calorie beverage you really enjoy and ONLY drink it after dinner.
    For me, it's unsweetened tea (Chai, Earl Grey, and herbal teas) - I brew a cup, warm my hands on it for a while, and sip on it - really make it last. I look forward to it all day and it's great. I'm sure you could substitute diet pop, coffee, or something like that.
  • staticsplitstaticsplit Posts: 302Member Member Posts: 302Member Member
    I save enough for some halo top ice cream or a cherry chocolate protein shake. Especially the shake fills me up--25g of protein within a chocolately treat. This week I stewed 5 apple with cinnamon, lemon juice, and some almonds. I'll eat it on yogurt or cottage cheese and it's another filling evening snack.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 618Member Member Posts: 618Member Member
    Craving sweets, grapes!

    Floss and brush your teeth!
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Posts: 719Member Member Posts: 719Member Member
    This has been me my entire life. I lost 70 lbs around 8 years ago and have kept it off since. I stopped going with the belief that breakfast was the best meal of the day. I don't eat breakfast, drink my coffee black and then workout at lunch. Then I eat a healthy, larger lunch, a healthy dinner and I can snack a bit at night. I just don't keep horrid things in the house.

    I typically burn around 600 to 900 calories at my lunchtime workout and go into dinner at a net deficit for the day. Biggest things for me is having snacks that aren't ridiculous in calories. Also I do drink water at night as well. Wakes me up a few times at night but slows down my natural inclination to eat massive amounts of food at night. I do eat Vegan two/three days a week and if I don't supplement with Vegan protein on those days, I tend to eat more carbs at night.

    Guess I'm saying I battled this for years until I just went with it. By choosing smarter snacks and fasting until a lunch after a workout (at around 1:30 when I eat my first food of the day), I've been able to keep the weight off and still feed heavy at night.
    edited January 12
  • ChrysalisCoveChrysalisCove Posts: 670Member Member Posts: 670Member Member
    I have a crazily energetic 5yr old; I soooo hear you on the after-bed snacking! I buy my favourite treats in snack size / mini size and portion them out. Since I know I’m prone to snack, I try to save 100cal or so for evening. With the small portions that’s plenty, and since I’m able to have a little something almost daily I don’t feel deprived!
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