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Feel depressed if I don’t eat late at night

aa2300aa2300 Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member
I’m the worst for snacking late at night- always sugary food. Right now I’ve been eating breakfast, dinner (both healthy), then a sugary snack after dinner. Is this bad?

I notice I lose weight much quicker if I just stick to the two meals and don’t eat after dinner but I feel so depressed when I don’t. I’ve tried everything, like spreading out my meals, eating dinner a bit later but nothing works.

I could probably go all day on just a banana or something and be totally fine until late evening that’s when I want everything.

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  • spiriteagle99spiriteagle99 Member Posts: 2,747 Member Member Posts: 2,747 Member
    Pick one or two foods that aren't high calorie for an evening snack and fit it into your calorie schedule. We usually eat a piece of cheese or drink a glass of milk before bed. It satisfies the craving. A banana or apple work as well.
  • harper16harper16 Member Posts: 1,978 Member Member Posts: 1,978 Member
    Are you reaching for the snack because you aren't eating enough calories during the day?
  • quiksylver296quiksylver296 Member Posts: 26,951 Member Member Posts: 26,951 Member
    aa2300 wrote: »
    I’m the worst for snacking late at night- always sugary food. Right now I’ve been eating breakfast, dinner (both healthy), then a sugary snack after dinner. Is this bad?

    I notice I lose weight much quicker if I just stick to the two meals and don’t eat after dinner but I feel so depressed when I don’t. I’ve tried everything, like spreading out my meals, eating dinner a bit later but nothing works.

    I could probably go all day on just a banana or something and be totally fine until late evening that’s when I want everything.

    How many calories are you getting in a day? With and without the snack?
  • JCampbell2395JCampbell2395 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    Have you tried finding another habit to replace the snacking with a more productive activity. Maybe try taking a quick walk around the block, reading, praying (if you are spiritual), meditating, journaling. Something to keep your mind and body occupied in the evening. These activities are all good for mental health.
  • DancingMoosieDancingMoosie Member Posts: 5,532 Member Member Posts: 5,532 Member
    If you still have calories left, eat your late night snack. Timing of food has nothing to do with weightloss.
  • ahoy_m8ahoy_m8 Member Posts: 2,035 Member Member Posts: 2,035 Member
    I identify, OP, except my hungry time is late afternoon. I eat most of my calories then. Use the meal timing that is most satisfying and enjoyable to you.
  • kimny72kimny72 Member Posts: 15,358 Member Member Posts: 15,358 Member
    aa2300 wrote: »
    I’m the worst for snacking late at night- always sugary food. Right now I’ve been eating breakfast, dinner (both healthy), then a sugary snack after dinner. Is this bad?

    I notice I lose weight much quicker if I just stick to the two meals and don’t eat after dinner but I feel so depressed when I don’t. I’ve tried everything, like spreading out my meals, eating dinner a bit later but nothing works.

    I could probably go all day on just a banana or something and be totally fine until late evening that’s when I want everything.

    As long as you are eating the right amount of calories, you can eat them whenever fits your hunger cues, activity, habits, and mood.

    I have to eat about an hour before I go to bed or I can't fall asleep. So I just save cals for it. The only issue with eating a sugary snack towards the end of the day would be if you get an energy rush that makes it difficult to sleep. But if you are sleeping well and eating enough calories to be healthy but not too much to reach your weight goals, it's fine.
  • MithriditesMithridites Member Posts: 402 Member Member Posts: 402 Member
    Have you tried intermittent fasting? It in conjunction to counting calories may be the answer to your issue. Just eat all your calories in the evenings.
  • lemongirlbclemongirlbc Member, Premium Posts: 294 Member Member, Premium Posts: 294 Member
    As long as it fits your calories, it doesn't matter when you eat. And it sounds like eating a pre bed snack fits your lifestyle better than anything else you have tried, so just work it in.
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