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Evening Hungries....what to do?

shamrocker1shamrocker1 Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
Around 9:30 in the evening I get really hungry. I usually have supper around 5:30 - 6:00. I've tried drinking lots of water when the urge to eat hits, but it doesn't help. Having a piece of fruit makes it worse. Wondering if anyone else has this happen to them and how you handle it!
Any advice is appreciated!
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  • lmf1012lmf1012 Member Posts: 405 Member Member Posts: 405 Member
    I agree with @steveko89 maybe build in some room for a late evening snack. I like to have some air popped (actually a cool microwave popper) for like 100 calories. Granted, it will be more if you add butter to it lol
  • cmriversidecmriverside Member Posts: 31,800 Member Member Posts: 31,800 Member
    I had to change my entire life around. No more staying up late. Early to bed, that's my trick. Plus eating dinner 2-3 hours before I go to bed.
  • thisvickyrunsthisvickyruns Member Posts: 168 Member Member Posts: 168 Member
    Around 9:30 in the evening I get really hungry. I usually have supper around 5:30 - 6:00. I've tried drinking lots of water when the urge to eat hits, but it doesn't help. Having a piece of fruit makes it worse. Wondering if anyone else has this happen to them and how you handle it!
    Any advice is appreciated!

    I'd be the same if I ate my last meal that early. And fruit has never worked as a snack, its not filling for me at all.

    Eat tea later or move some cals round for a 9pm snack
  • yirarayirara Member Posts: 6,698 Member Member Posts: 6,698 Member
    You need to find out what works for you. I work a snack into my calorie allowance. Also, working out helps me against hunger pangs. Low calorie foods that also work: snack cucumber and cherry tomatoes, watermelon, pickled gherkins.
  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,113 Member Member Posts: 2,113 Member
    To add, personally, I do casein protein and a spoonful of natural peanut butter before heading up to bed. It's not exactly low calorie as to get 20g each of protein and fat it's a 40g scoop of PB and 28g of the casein powder I use so it's 324 calories. I plan for it and pre-log it everyday. I've been doing so for almost two months loosely following the RP Diet templates and like it a lot. Knowing I have it as part of my routine keeps me from snacking on other unplanned things between dinner and bedtime (~3-4 hours).
  • ridiculous59ridiculous59 Member Posts: 2,226 Member Member Posts: 2,226 Member
    I try to keep some calories for an evening snack but if not, herbal tea helps me. And I know what you mean about fruit making it worse. When I see someone casually eating an apple while driving their car I'm actually a little bit jealous. It would just make me hungrier! I can eat apple slices with peanut butter or cheese, or berries and plain Greek yoghurt. But never fruit just by itself.
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  • shamrocker1shamrocker1 Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    Thanks everyone for all your helpful comments! They make a lot of sense and I will definitely be incorporating many of your suggestion into my daily life. I guess I should mention that I'm 69 years old, have a very slow metabolism, and I have never been this heavy in my life. I'm not nearly as active as I used to be, and though I'm working on that, I tire easily and usually need an afternoon nap. I can see I'm in need of a serious lifestyle change!
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 39,579 Member Member Posts: 39,579 Member
    I eat dinner later in the evening. I'm not sure I would know what to do with myself if I ate dinner at 5:30 or 6. I suppose I'd probably just make room for an evening snack. That's a whole lot of hours between last meal and bed.

    Between work and kids soccer practice and other goings on, I'm not generally home before 6...and usually closer to 7. We usually have dinner around 8...sometimes 7:30, but that would definitely be considered early for us.
  • westrich20940westrich20940 Member Posts: 275 Member Member Posts: 275 Member
    Eat later in the day or eat more. Is this a 'craving' or actual hunger --- if the later, then why not just eat more??
  • Theoldguy1Theoldguy1 Member Posts: 2,072 Member Member Posts: 2,072 Member
    I'm generally up at 5AM ot before so bed at 10is isn't a problem
  • ridiculous59ridiculous59 Member Posts: 2,226 Member Member Posts: 2,226 Member
    Something I forgot to mention....when I first started exercising I found I got a lot of leg and foot cramps during the night. I tried all the usual preventative suggestions but the only thing that helped me was stretching before bed. So instead of watching the news while sitting on the couch or laying in bed, every night I pulled out my yoga mat and would do 45 minutes or so of stretching while I watched. That could be helpful for you too. It might divert your attention long enough so that you can decide if you really are hungry, or just bored, plus would give you some easy movement.
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 45,623 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 45,623 Member
    Eat dinner later or ensure you save some calories for snacking at night. For me what works is that I don't eat in the AM at all. First meal after 12pm then I'll snack and eat dinner around 7pm or later, then snack while I catch up on TV shows till 11:30pm.

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  • steveko89steveko89 Member Posts: 2,113 Member Member Posts: 2,113 Member
    Something I forgot to mention....when I first started exercising I found I got a lot of leg and foot cramps during the night. I tried all the usual preventative suggestions but the only thing that helped me was stretching before bed. So instead of watching the news while sitting on the couch or laying in bed, every night I pulled out my yoga mat and would do 45 minutes or so of stretching while I watched. That could be helpful for you too. It might divert your attention long enough so that you can decide if you really are hungry, or just bored, plus would give you some easy movement.

    I was having problems with foot cramps during workouts. Better shoes and a banana/day both helped and it's a non-issue now.
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