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Old 05-13-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Midnight eating is getting me!

I'm just getting into the second week of JUDDD, and I'm having a problem with getting up a little after midnight after a DD and eating. Do you think this is problematic? Any tips on how to control it?
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:35 PM   #2
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Yes of course its problematic as that isnt normal or healthy. What time are you going to bed? What amount of calories are you having daily?
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hi--
I've had a problem with night-eating for years because
(a) I had/have insomnia...if I eat dinner at 6 or 8, go to bed at 11, but then can't fall asleep til 4am, I end up pretty darn hungry at some point!
(b) I have to walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom (my house is old & crazy, lol). Sometimes I wake up 2-3 times a night to pee and end up making a sandwich or something if I can't get back to sleep.

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--I've been doing a lot better this week; about two weeks ago I started taking l-glutamine. I put it in my water and sip on 2-3 (5g) doses throughout the day, and make sure to have one after dinner/before bed.

--count whatever you eat after midnight as part of your UD, and don't go over your calories.

--drink a glass of water with psyllium husks or other fiber.

--have some sf jello on hand for your midnight snack.

Are you eating because you are really hungry or because you feel deprived after a day of DD food?

If the latter, I think it can help to have a little "ritual" of a treat before bed--a small square of good chocolate; hot cocoa or tea or sf apple cider. I often have a sf pudding (60 cals) or sf Dove truffle (38 cals). Savor it SLOWLY and tell yourself this is the last thing you're eating today.

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Old 05-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
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Yes it is a problem. I would suggest since it is still your DD that you hold strong and don't eat until morning. Good luck. I know you can do it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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I'm just getting into the second week of JUDDD, and I'm having a problem with getting up a little after midnight after a DD and eating. Do you think this is problematic? Any tips on how to control it?
There's all sorts of things available to eat if you feel you must that won't hurt you. Just because it's technically an UD doesn't necessarily mean everything you put in your mouth has to be high calorie. You know that, right?

There are many times on UD's where I'll snack on very low calorie things just because I really like them! Cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, sliced zucchini or yellow squash, etc. Or maybe have a Wasa cracker with a Laughing Cow wedge. Sure, I *could* have something far more decadent, but this is what appeals to me at the time.

Are you waking up because you're truly hungry or just because you want to eat? In either case, I'd opt for the lowest calorie choice I could make and try and go back to sleep. Sleep plays a very important part in successful weight loss and you're sabotaging yourself if you're saying, "Self, it's one minute past midnight. UD! I can eat! What sounds good?"

My best to you.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:10 AM   #6
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An extended period of sleep is the time our bodies naturally go into IF and do a lot of clean up/healing work. By interrupting the natural cycle, you are not only probably slowing your weight loss rate down and you are also potentially stressing your body by not allowing it to finish the work it is supposed to do.

Not getting enough sleep can definitely lead to a weight loss stall.

Do you think you are doing this because you are not getting enough cals on DD? Or because you want to get UD started?
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I've just realised you have just come from HCG - perhaps this is just an adjustment period? You are so happy to not have to eat only 600 cals a day, day in, day out.

Hopefully this will calm down.

But in the meantime - on a DD, it might be a good idea to do as PJ suggests - have something low calorie but delicious shortly before you go to bed. Have a prepared snack of 50 - 100 cals, in case you do get up and feel the need to eat something. Or perhaps think you'll have a low cal hot chocolate or something. I would count it towards your DD cals - as you are within your 36 hour DD period (that being from approximately 8pm at the end of an UD - to 8 am on the following UD). If this means you allow yourself to eat up to 600 cals on a DD until this problem stops all well and good - or if you can manage to keep it within your 500 even better!

It isn't normal - but I don't think it will last forever!!!

I often stay up until 2am on a DD - and manage not to eat anything - you will find you can do away with the midnight munchies when your body realises it is no longer starving!
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the morale support! I know I need to do better, tomorrow is another DD and I will do my darndest to make it a good one! No midnight eating!

Some of you asked if it is the munchies or real hunger, and it's real hunger. I still haven't developed enought self control to make myself have a small, low cal snack. It always turns into a mini binge!

I usually eat about 450-500 cals on a DD, sometimes that feels like "enough", I'm hungry, but I can still make through the day and get to bed without eating. I really wish I could get a handle on this!
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I wish you the best!

But, as a back-up plan: if a low-cal snack won't do, how about a nutritious one?
--you mention self-control but you might just be needing some elusive nutrient. I started taking l-glutamine recently and suddenly I have 300x more willpower!!!


I sometimes eat either scrambled eggs (plain!) or cottage cheese (plain!) as late night *nourishment*. It's best if it's a high protein, bland food...nothing with sauces, fruit, garlic...some things will set me off craving other textures & flavors.

Sometimes I have to make a deal with myself--
"I have to drink this glass of water and wait 20 min before I eat"
"If I am still awake & hungry in an hour, I will eat."
"After ---pm, I can only eat -------"
(Eggs/cottage cheese, or walnuts on UDs; they don't raise my blood sugar)

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #10
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I grab a Tums or two, and that kills the hungries, along with a glass of water.

I know, I'm a big fat cheater.
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I grab a Tums or two, and that kills the hungries, along with a glass of water.

I know, I'm a big fat cheater.
Cool trick...Imma try that!!!
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What are you eating on DD? I wonder if there is some mix of foods that would be more filling for your body's needs?

For example: I find one teaspoon of full fat salad dressing much more satisfying and filling than I do two tablespoons of low fat/low cal salad dressing...and the teaspoon calories are actually lower.
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habits are hard to work around sometimes...what about a glass of water with diatomaceous earth in it? sort of filling, but not going to set off an eating binge in the middle of the night. and no one's body should want to make a habit of getting up at night for a glass of dirt
I don't let myself eat after dinner at all, but that is a habit of years
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Are you getting up because on some level you're telling yourself "Yay it's after midnight so it's an up day!". My husband sometimes thinks like this, it'll be midnight and he'll turn to me and say "Oooh I can eat it's an up day!". I laugh and tell him nice try. Tell yourself, midnight or not, it's still a down day until sunrise! Don't even allow your brain to start rationalizing it otherwise! It's so easy to talk ourselves into something that we really want and know is wrong, "But teeeeechnically it's my up day so I can eat!" No no no
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #15
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To keep down days at 36 hours that midnight consumption won't be a friend either.
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