Not attacking the fridge, How do you do it?

Ok So tonight for the 1st time in a while, I did not snack on anything. I ate my dinner had a small dessert and no late night munchies.
every single night I am so so hungry, I eat enough throughout the day, but once I'm sitting down I want to just chow down. I know its not hunger cause I could eat even after I am stuffed.
So tonight I drank a full glass of water then later on had a hot tea.
What do u do?
Or do u have any good late night snacks that are not gonna sabotage my hard work.
Thank you all.
I feel like the hungriest person alive sometimes. I am the cookie monster/


  • Elen_Sia
    Elen_Sia Posts: 638 Member
    I've not had the munchies in a long, long time and I just realized this after seeing your post. It's most likely because my evenings are pretty hectic most of the time so I don't plop down on the couch much. I also spend a lot of time during the weekends and an evening or two during the week preparing my meals in advance. And I go to bed pretty early every night because I like getting into work hours before everyone else does.

    If you have calories to spare for the day, you should not feel guilty about having a snack. Maybe a cup of plain low-fat yogurt with a quarter cup of nuts and tsp of honey? A couple of hard-boiled eggs? A slice of low-cal/low-sodium cheese (e.g. Swiss) on a piece of crispbread? Wash it down with a cup of hot peppermint tea. :)
  • oker673
    oker673 Posts: 139 Member
    At my apartment, I have to squeeze and suck in my gut to open my fridge. It helps! LOL. There are some better options, like if you go for a normal sized candy, there are minis of them normally. There is also string cheese and those 100 calorie packs which I have used as a snack. Making sure you get your recommended amount of water is the best thing you can do. I make sure to drink a lot of water and I have had no cravings yet.
  • Vansy
    Vansy Posts: 419 Member
    You've trained yourself to snack/munch at do the same thing in opposite. Train yourself to NOT eat at night while witting around watching TV. After a week or two it won't even take any effort to not sit around and eat snacks at night.
  • Lyssa62
    Lyssa62 Posts: 930 Member
    I grab a handful of grapes before I head to bed..and munch on them while I do a couple laps up and down my stairs before heading to the bedroom. That keeps me happy all night while I sleep :) I have fallen in love with grapes and don't feel guilty about taking 4- 10 of them at a time. I do log them all ..but would much rather be logging them than the paper plate of chips I used to eat.
  • chinakat72
    chinakat72 Posts: 21 Member
    Don't keep tempting stuff in the fridge! I know, easier said than done, especially if you don't live alone. But seriously, get rid of as much as you can, just don't have it around. Then stock up on stuff you can feel good about. I know it doesn't always sound as good as a bag of chips, but a crunchy apple can be satisfying. Fat free microwave popcorn, low fat yogurt, carrots and low cal dip, etc.

    I also like to set a cut off time when I stop eating for the day. I started with a late time, 9pm and slowly moved it up. Now it's 7pm. I would enter all my stuff on MFP and then "close" the day so I wouldn't be tempted to eat anything I had to add to my food journal. Another thing is keep your mind and hands busy. Crossword puzzles, knitting, putting together puzzles. Keeps your mind off the food. Good luck!!
  • I'm a munchy kind of guy. And I love chips. A lot. The only thing that keeps me sane before I go to bed is drinking obscene amounts of water. I mean, like between a half gallon and a gallon (over several hours).

    As an added bonus, it's a serious deterrent to hitting the snooze button in the morning! :)
  • ftellstrom
    ftellstrom Posts: 28 Member
    i dont keep any snacky stuff in the house. SO i just stand in the kitchen and gripe cuz i have the munchies, and drink a glass of water or hot tea or some coffee...its slowly getting easier
  • Spanaval
    Spanaval Posts: 1,200 Member
    My eating pattern is shifted. I like to eat at night, so I do. Most days, I don't start eating until after noon, and there are plenty of calories left over at the end of the day for snacking.
  • MoreBean13
    MoreBean13 Posts: 8,701 Member
    1) Eat enough calories of a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods
    2) Allow yourself treats occasionally so you don't feel deprived
    3) If you know you're going to attack the fridge- stock snacks that won't blow out your macros and plan for the calories to do it. Eating late won't make any difference if the calories and macros fit in to your plan.
  • LittleMissDover
    LittleMissDover Posts: 820 Member
    I like to have a snack between 8 and 10pm most nights as I eat dinner with the children at 5pm so I'm hungry by then so I make sure I save enough calories to do so and don't beat myself up about it.
  • SweetCheekszx0
    SweetCheekszx0 Posts: 478 Member
    I don't put bad things in it lol.. I can have whatever I want from my fridge lol.. And I dnt believe in not eating after a certain time I eat when I'm hungry ❤
  • I'm a munchy kind of guy. And I love chips. A lot. The only thing that keeps me sane before I go to bed is drinking obscene amounts of water. I mean, like between a half gallon and a gallon (over several hours).

    As an added bonus, it's a serious deterrent to hitting the snooze button in the morning! :)

    Bloody hell!!! I'd pee like a racehorse!!
  • tonkrz
    tonkrz Posts: 7 Member
    I consistently have a bedtime snack--usually about a quarter of a serving of almonds or other nuts, maybe some cheese. For my body, I've found the best results by making my bedtime snack really small and consisting of mostly protein and fat. It doesn't take much at that time to keep me from getting hungry during my sleep time.

    I also eat five times a day, though, usually 2.75 to 3.25 hours apart. That's close enough that I don't get ravenously hungry. My final meal of the day is usually about 2.5 hours before bedtime, then I have that bedtime snack.

    Like SweetCheekszx said, I don't tell myself I can't eat after a certain time, and the only foods in my kitchen are foods I've determined are okay to eat.

    After a couple weeks of that, I didn't even want any of my former late snacks.
  • ang3h
    ang3h Posts: 185 Member
    You might need to rehaul your eating habits.

    I used to be a grazer.. I rarely ate an actual meal, I would just snack throughout the day. I recently realized that I was allowing myself to binge by not having structured meals.. now I'm actually cooking myself meals three times a day and I haven't had the urge to binge. I'm still in the kitchen and handling food, just not shoving it all in my mouth.. and what I do shove in my mouth is something filling and home-cooked and I'm generally tired from cooking and don't feel like going back into the kitchen to continue snacking.

    Perhaps try it, it might work for you :)

    Oh and another thing... I force myself to take a sip of water between every bite I take, whether it be a meal or a snack. It helps prolong the eating experience and fills me up.
  • three things have always worked for me:

    1. if it will tempt me that bad I don't keep it in the house. and let's face it: if I'm dying for chubby hubby icecream and all that's in the fridge is chicken and broccoli, I'm just going to pass and get over it. and I'd rather go OUT once a week for a designated treat and be done with it have it in my house.
    2. replace the craving with action. get a hobby. go for a walk.
    3. I adopted the "kitchen is closed" rule my mom always enforced as a kid. dinner is done, the kitchen is spotless, lights out, shut down. I even fill up my water bottle for the last time so I generally don't have to go back in there at all.
  • darrensurrey
    darrensurrey Posts: 3,942 Member
    I eat enough throughout the day, but once I'm sitting down I want to just chow down. I know its not hunger cause I could eat even after I am stuffed.

    Couple of things:
    1) Always save a couple of hundred calories to eat in the evening if you know you're going to get like this.
    2) Ration yourself so you don't sit there stuffing your face like there's no tomorrow for the first 5 minutes then crave other stuff.
    3) You're bored in the evenings. Stop watching crap on TV. If it isn't crap, you wouldn't find it boring and thus want to stuff your face with food!
  • flynnfinn
    flynnfinn Posts: 209 Member
    i am a snacker. i actually pre-plan my days. first, i enter my snacks AND THEN i enter my meals. but my snacks are always good yogurt mixed with ricotta and peanut butter...or wasa fiber bread with cottage cheese. almost always, the calories from my snacks make up almost half of my calories for the day.

    i also have trained myself to think that once i hit the buttom on MFP's site that says "complete food entry for the day", that's it. kitchen is closed, food is off limits. it's a mental thing and it works for me.
  • One piece of 85% or 99% dark chocolate does wonders to satisfy if it's absolutel necessary.

    Other than that I actually just plan my snacks. If I feel like I need something sweet today, I spend the day watching what I can eat and what not to be within my calories and macros.

    Sometimes I just shrug and eat an apple, calories or not. It's healthy and just 100 kcal, so why the hell not.

    And other than that: Bubblegum.
  • darrensurrey
    darrensurrey Posts: 3,942 Member
    Oh, be interesting to see your diary and calorie goals...
  • I have to eat within an hour or so of going to sleep or I end up feeling like I am going to pass out when I wake up.