Any tips on how to stop "midnight-munching?"

United States
March 4, 2007 11:37pm CST
I would like to lose about 20 pounds. My problem is I am one of those people who likes to get up over nite and have a little snack. I wake up every night lately and it has become a bad habit for me I get up and drink a glass a milk with say a cookie or 2. I know that this after 6 pm is the worse time to eat especially if one is trying to lose weight. Bathing suit season is coming up and any advice support or tips would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
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21 responses
• Philippines
5 Mar 07
I guess you could try drinking more water before you retire at night so that youll feel a little fuller at night (though it can wake at night to urinate). If you really cant help but munch at night try having fruits as substitute. their healthier and filling aswell.
• United States
5 Mar 07
LOL yes that would make me have to go! Maybe I shall try drinking water when I wake up at want to munch!
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Be creative. Don't buy cookies. Put a time lock on the fridge. Keep the milk in your backyard overnight. Exercise in the day so you don't wake up in the middle of the night. After you use the milk in the morning, freeze it. Then take it out at night, so it defrosts by morning. Don't buy milk and get a cow instead. She won't be ready to milk at midnight. You can think of something, or you can't just stop and make it a habit NOT to wake up and eat cookies. You can do it, good luck. :D
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• United States
5 Mar 07
moo cow - why buy the cow when you can get the milk free?
Those are great ideas! Thank you Doulebarrelled! I never heard of a time lock for the fridge I will have to look into that! LOL about buying a cow! I probably wouldn't drink milk at all if I had to actually milk a cow for it! Thanks again!
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
5 Mar 07
What kind of milk do you drink? If it's not skimmed you should consider switching. A glass of milk before going to bed can help you sleep. Maybe try that and if you still wake up drink water and have some fresh or dried fruit.
• United States
5 Mar 07
I drink 2%. Now dried fruit that is a great idea! Thanks Marky!
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
5 Mar 07
No problems! I think 2% milk is quite healthy so maybe you should stick to drinking that instead of switching to water.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Thanks again!
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@paidreader (5151)
• United States
5 Mar 07
Don't feel like you're in the all by boat yourself. :) I have the same goal & problem with late night snacking. I recently found a website that actually listed several negative calorie foods. (foods that take more energy to process than the calories that they contain) It was interesting to see how many low calorie/low fat foods there are that can help your body burn the calories better. If you need to treat your sweet tooth, try an apple, or an orange, or pineapple, or papaya instead of milk & cookies. I found at least 20 negative calorie foods on the site, so if you need help with meals other than the midnight snack, let me know & I'll share some of the others with you. :) Snack wisely!
• United States
5 Mar 07
lotza fruit - fruit is good for you
Thank you paidreader! Yes fruit is also a good option. Alot of foods with zero calories? Hmmmmmmm... Have to look into that also. Thanks again!
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• United States
5 Mar 07
LOL, sorry, not zero calories, just negative calories. I would really hate to mislead you. Berries, grapefruit, and mango were also on the list of fruits. Broccoli is the only one (on the list) I know the actual calorie count for so far, but 1 cup of broccoli has 25 calories, yet the body burns more than 25 calories just to digest it, resulting in a negative calorie count. Some of the other foods include: asparagus, beet, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, lemon, onion, spinach, turnip & zuchini. I just didn't think you'd want them for the midnight snack lol. ;) As for the cow, ... hmm, don't think I could do it either. giggle
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• United States
5 Mar 07
LOL! It would be nice huh? foods with zero calories! thanks again paidreader!
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Mar 07
When I am on a diet I always put a picture of me "fat" in a bathing suit on the fridge !!! So each time I go to the fridge I get reminded that this summer i don't want to look like "that" ... It works for me ...
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Very good suggestion! thanks ricknkae!
@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
6 Mar 07
you are very much welcome
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• Canada
6 Mar 07
Apparently, if you take a glass of water to bed with you, it curbs that Midnight Munchies feeling. I've tried this with some degree of success but lately, I've been staying up till the wee hours of the morning anyway, and so I find it harder to not snack on something lol. I wish you luck in trying to lose weight. I'm saving up for a rowing machine so I can start to regain some tone to my stomach. Only when I'm fully satisfied will I get back into a bathing suit lol.
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6 Mar 07
I also suffered from the problem of eating in the middle of the night. I would wake in the early hours and devour bars of chocolate! I understand that eating carbohydrates late at night can cause this. So, if for example you eat a lot of bread or pasta for your evening meal, when this energy runs out the body can cry ouf for more and hence you get up to eat. Try to cut make portions of these smaller and eat as early as possible.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Also you may want to try using a natural plant-based sweetener called 'stevia'. this is commonly sold at Whole Foods, etc. Stevia helps the body and pancreas specifically regulate blood-sugar levels. This can help prevent the highs/lows that lead to munchies and it works excellent. I've been using it for over 10 years by adding to my green and nighttime teas, etc.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
AH yes I do usaully have bread with dinner. I never knew that thanks so much serendipitious!
• United States
6 Mar 07
Wow thanks!
@syain1972 (1011)
• Singapore
6 Mar 07
I think it's ok to munch. But Cut the cookie. Instead munch on green apples. Drink low fat milk or Soya Milk. Healthier choice.... If you feel like munching.... stick to the green apples.... Good Luck!!
• United States
6 Mar 07
Great Idea only I don't keep apples in the house. I will pick some up tho. Thanks sydain!
@syain1972 (1011)
• Singapore
9 May 07
Thanks for denoting my response as Best Response. Good Luck to you!!:
• United States
14 Apr 07
Try to break the habit. If you cannot, then change the treat to raw veggies or fruit. Otherwise, you know the outcome. Wish there was an instant pill to take, and presto, we are thin. :) Good luck sugar.
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• United States
9 May 07
YES me too LOL I started a walking routine. I am hoping this will help burn off those extra pounds. Thanks for responding!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
8 Mar 07
as far as i understand it, you need to re educate your body. If you eat a good supper at about 8 pm, any sleep pattern in time will not be interupted by hunger pangs, blessed be
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Thanks eskarena!
@babyjane (1395)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
1. Drink water Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off longer term. Water acts as an appetite suppressant by keeping your stomach full and fending off dehydration which can lead to false cravings/hunger. Water also helps your body metabolize stored fat by helping the kidneys flush out waste. When you don't drink enough water the liver which works to provide stored fat for energy helps the kidneys eliminate waste and becomes less effective at metabolizing fat. Drinking water ice cold burns about 62 calories a day. Your body has to work to raise that waters temperature to your body's temperature. This equals around 430 calories per week. 2. Eat regularly This means eating 5 times a day and the most important meal is breakfast. Make sure you fuel your body first thing in the morning to avoid hunger pangs later in the day. When you eat 5 times a day you will never feel hungry, make sure the total calories consumed are sensible and don't over eat in any of the meals learn portion size control! 3. Eat lots of fibre Eating adequate fiber foods to help keep things moving through your bowel. And like water, fiber rich foods bulk you up and make you feel fuller for longer. Fibre is found only in plant foods our bodies cant digest it to so it simply goes through the body. During the elimination process it cuts calories consumed by attaching to protein and fat that you eat along with it removes that as well In addition, high fiber foods are typically low in calories and filling, so you are reducing your calorie intake overall. Good fibre foods include: strawberries, apples, figs, chickpeas, potatoes, (with skins) broccoli, brown rice, beans, bran and nuts. 4. Consume more good fats There are good fats and bad fats Good fats provide you with essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids) needed for normal reproduction and growth, as well as for production of prostoglandin, a hormone like compound that regulates blood pressure, prevents blood clotting and lowers the risk of heart disease. For example, the reason oily fish is a great food stems from the fact that the essential fatty acids which it contains can actually help your body burn fat more efficiently and protect against disease. Get at least three portions of oily fish a week with Salmon, mackerel, herrings and sardines being good choices. 5. Get plenty of quality protein Quality protein is an effective weight control tool because of the satiety factor and its ability to keep you full for longer periods. It also balances out carbohydrates by preventing insulin spikes that cause energy loss and sugar cravings Protein helps to maintain muscle mass which is important in the fat burning process. Good choices include: Fish, shrimps, Low fat cottage cheese, low fat yogurt, skimmed milk, egg whites, s Weight gain is caused by consuming too many calories, whether they are from carbohydrate, protein or fat. 6. Carbohydrates can help you lose weight Don't believe what you read about carbohydrates being bad for you, they can actually help you lose weight! A diet containing good carbohydrates such fruits and vegetables, wholegrains and moderate in fat and calories, will result in weight loss Good carbohydrates will also help you combat hunger pangs as they are slowly realized into the body. When eating carbohydrates eat them "from the earth" with no refining or processing. These include whole grains, vegetables; fruits and beans. Sensible weight loss If you have read the above you will see that it is not the food group, but the quality of the food in it that's important for fast weight loss.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Wow! This is very informative! you hit the nail right on the head! Thanks babyjane!
• India
7 Mar 07
it is not a bad habit. but if u wanna remove this habit then you should go to a dietician. he would tell u that how can u remove this habit.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
another good suggestion! thanks sandeep!
@lafavorito (2966)
• Philippines
7 Mar 07
warm milk - warm milk helps people sleep soundly
Will power and determination, that is what you need. If you have one place a picture you in a bikini back when you think you're still slim or a slim (not thin) celebrity on your fridge door or cookie jar so that you'll remember not to eat a snack at night. Drinking milk is good but the cookie must go, munch of lettuce instead if you can or just drink warm milk before bead it can help you have a blissful sleep.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Good idea I will try the warm milk. Thanks lafavorito!
• United States
6 Mar 07
Well it is 12:02 a.m, and I'm shoving a twinkie down my mouth. I just woke up, and decided to read some discussions before I went back to bed. This is a problem of mine also. So I'll be watching to see what anyone has to say on the advice side.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
LOL! Hey it was probably meant to be then that you found my discussion! I hate this problem but since I posted this discussion 2 nights ago I haven't gotten up and ate overnight. I think it's because of all the support I got here and I did try the water idea. I filled a glass of ice water and put it on my bedside and when I woke up I just sipped a few sips of water and believe it or not my cravings went away! Thanks gypsylady!
@cuhkiz (568)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
one thing i can suggest u (from a person who have problems gaining weight..) you should not sleep most of the time in the afternoon or try to control napping because when u napped in the afternoon, that extended the time of awake hrs at night :) try to drink milk for dinner atleast one glass or half glass and stop drinking coffee too late. I also experienced that to have munchies at night or late night coz of not yet sleepy and boredom of silence. but for me thats fine because i need to gain weight, im not that thin and skinny but id love to have more weight than what i have right now.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I'll give you some of my weight LOL! Thanks for your suggestions cuhkiz!
• Canada
6 Mar 07
Hmmmnn... I don't have many insights but I can tell you what I have learned... Firstly, if there is something I know I should be avoiding like pop, chips or any other great snackfood, I just don't bring it home from the supermarket. Secondly, I know my own tendency to binge at times which is what I worte about in the following article... You are welcome to any insights you find useful: http://www.helium.com/tm/102773/binge-should-lightly-signifying
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Thanks seepy!
• United States
6 Mar 07
I understand how you feel because I used to do the same thing. I used to work the evening shift so dinner was at 5p and I would get home about 10p and always had to eat something..this is right before I went to bed. I started to put on the pounds and a friend suggested that I add apple cider vinegar to my diet. You can find it in the health food store and they will suggest how to use it. It cut my appetite right away. So I started having a big lunch, and a high fibre bar at 5p and as soon as I got home from work I would make myself a 'cider cocktail'. My nightime munching was gone!
• United States
6 Mar 07
I will definetly try this I hope it doesnt taste too bad or I won't stick to it! LOL! thank you floreciascorner!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
6 Mar 07
WHAT!? It's bad to snack alte nights? YIKES. I'm going to hell now. That's the main time I eat my junk food is after midnight. Sorry. LOL. Good luck & Im hoping for a little help other than a lock on the fridge. hee hee Happy postings from Grandpa bob
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• United States
6 Mar 07
LOL! AHAHA! Your funny! What good would a lock do anyway? I don't keep my cookies un there! YOU? Thanks again Grandpa Bob!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I like "pains" advice. I too share your problem, I can go pretty near the whole day and not eat a thing, but come evening and especially the wee hours I eat to excess. It seems that once I start I can not stop very easily. Perhaps for me I should make myself eat at other times during the day and then my body won't feel like it has been deprived and needs to make up for lost time? I think having celery and carrot sticks cleaned and sliced in a glass of water in the fridge, ever handy for those late night binges would help significantly in an endeavor to lose weight.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
That's what I have been trying since yesterday morning. I usually don't eat breakfast so yesterday and today I ate breakfast then lunch and dinner both days. I didn't eat anything over nite last nite ( I posted this discussion instead LOL!) so maybe eating bfast will help and tonight I will put a big glass of ice water next to my bed and grab that instead of a snack when I wake up. LOL! ( but eating 3 meals a day makes me feel so bloated right now I think I may have gained some! LOL! well any way thanks Modestah!
@mbizmom (237)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I'm guessing that since you get up to eat cookies it's because you're craving something sweet. Try buying some diet snack bars to eat instead of cookies, they are lower in calories and contain protein too. I would recommend the Southbeach Diet Bars, they don't taste bad, my son likes to eat these as a snack and since they have a protein in them I don't mind at all.
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Hey that's a great suggestion I will try this! yes it is sweets I crave at night. Thanks mbizmom!