Why do i crave junk food at night?

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    Mar 22, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    Through out the day i manage to stay on track (eat healthy) an stay motivated ( i dont crave junk food in the day) But after 7pm... BAM! the junk food cravings kick in! Does this happen to anyone else? if so how do you control it?
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:42 AM GMT
    XXXO saidThrough out the day i manage to stay on track (eat healthy) an stay motivated ( i dont crave junk food in the day) But after 7pm... BAM! the junk food cravings kick in! Does this happen to anyone else? if so how do you control it?



    ABSOLUTELY! The only thing I've found that cuts this craving is peanut butter. Yes, it's got a lot of fat but it's better than eating the other crap. One big tablespoon and I'm able to resist the cheesecake.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    This is going to sound really weird but when I crave junk food I just look at it, remember how it tastes, and think of how bad it is for me and I'm done. That way instead of eating it I just remember the taste for a few seconds, which is how long the taste lasts anyways and I don't have anything to regret afterward.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    Add me to this. My cravings for junk food begin at at some point after eleven o'clock at night... and it is POWERFUL craving for tacos, a burger, hot dogs, wings, etc.

    It doesn't matter if I had dinner just an hour ago... is not hunger, is craving!

    I never give in because I refuse to stock my kitchen with that kind of food and the stuff I have might as well taste like dirt as far the craving goes. I also live in downtown and downtown is a dead town after ten o'clock so I would have to walk more than a dozen squares to the nearer place, but if I had a place near I think I would have given in a couple of times into a junk food extravaganza.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    This may sound weird, but I find that if I brush my teeth when the cravings start, then have a big glass of water, the cravings go away. The sweet of the toothpaste satisfies my sweettooth and the water helps me feel full. Besides, nobody likes to eat right after brushing. Gotta keep 'em pearly white.

    Similar effect can be achieved with a stick of gum, if that's more convienient.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    maybe you're craving sugar or fats in particular. Do you avoid sugar or fats through out the day? Make sure you get a proper fat and sugar intake so you don't crave them later on.
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    highbrow004 saidThis may sound weird, but I find that if I brush my teeth when the cravings start, then have a big glass of water, the cravings go away. The sweet of the toothpaste satisfies my sweettooth and the water helps me feel full. Besides, nobody likes to eat right after brushing. Gotta keep 'em pearly white.

    Similar effect can be achieved with a stick of gum, if that's more convienient.


    Good trick! I also do this... thought sometimes the craving kicks in an hour of two after brushing my teeth... think I'll do it again then haha! Pearly white!

    Willz09 saidThis is going to sound really weird but when I crave junk food I just look at it, remember how it tastes, and think of how bad it is for me and I'm done. That way instead of eating it I just remember the taste for a few seconds, which is how long the taste lasts anyways and I don't have anything to regret afterward.


    The way the brain works, this doesn't sound so weird. Mmmmm... gotta try that!
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    Mar 22, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    because its yummy.
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    Mar 22, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    are u a night partier?

    are you more active at night?

    Did you eat a nice solid breakfast?

    Was your days meals composed of plenty of complex carbs and healthy fat?


    If you are more active at night then you might need to play around with your diet and timing.

    Try and get most of your carbs for the energy expenditures of your active nightly lifestyle but give yourself 3 4 hours before bed time where u are eating no carbs . just protein and some healthy fat before bed.

    If you maybe change your workouts to later in the day you can benefit from that 45 min window and eat some simple carbs.

    Just some thoughts and ideas.
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    Mar 22, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    Is it more carb-junk food like candies and cakes, or fatty food like burgers and pizzas and fried calamari?

    I find that eating more proteins and healthy fats at dinner dramatically cuts these cravings down, especially fatty food cravings. Typically I'll have salmon, green salads, and a handful of nuts for dinner. It really does the trick well. Also if you're eating every three hours it helps cut down the craving as well.

    Are you drinking enough water? Sometimes our brains mix signals of dehydration with signals of hunger. This happens a lot if you consume a lot of caffeine during the day.

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    ....stop smoking that reefer. ...
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    Mar 22, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    XXXO saidThrough out the day i manage to stay on track (eat healthy) an stay motivated ( i dont crave junk food in the day) But after 7pm... BAM! the junk food cravings kick in! Does this happen to anyone else? if so how do you control it?


    Force yourself to eat a good breakfast. Nighttime cravings really do decrease.


    P.S. Yeah....lay off the reefer........j/k.....lolz........icon_wink.gif
  • masculumpedes

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    Mar 22, 2011 8:34 PM GMT
    When I crave junk food, I usually eat a bowl of oatmeal.....seems to do the trick. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 22, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    Because junk food in the daytime is bland.
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    highbrow004 said The sweet of the toothpaste satisfies my sweettooth and the water helps me feel full


    What highbrow suggested is a great strategy, because it addresses the craving and the "oral fixation" of eating. Great idea!

    If you're craving food late at night, it might be simply that you haven't eaten enough (or your body thinks you haven't eaten enough -- this happens if you're transitioning your eating to a new schedule or just changed what or how much you're eating).

    Keep pre-made, handy, bite-size food around that you can grab quick to replace a craving. I usually keep a container of peeled, boiled eggs around for late night food. If I get hungry in the middle of the night, I down an egg and that usually last me until morning.

    I had a friend who bought bags of chocolate chips. When he started having a sweet craving, he grabbed about 5-10 of them and let them melt in his mouth (extending the experience). It's relatively low calorie and totally satisfies your chocolate fix.

    The upshot? So something small to "minimize" the damage, but otherwise give into your craving. It's probably your body telling you it's missing something.
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
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    XXXO saidThrough out the day i manage to stay on track (eat healthy) an stay motivated ( i dont crave junk food in the day) But after 7pm... BAM! the junk food cravings kick in! Does this happen to anyone else? if so how do you control it?



    ABSOLUTELY! The only thing I've found that cuts this craving is peanut butter. Yes, it's got a lot of fat but it's better than eating the other crap. One big tablespoon and I'm able to resist the cheesecake.


    Of all of the strategies on here, I like this one the best. If you want to maintain some muscle mass, you have to have protein and good healthy fats. (Fats help keep testosterone levels up as well).

    Peanut butter is healthy (in moderation) has healthy fats, lots of good protein and sataites (sp?) you. It is a great strategy if you dont overdo it.
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    Mar 25, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    XXXO saidThrough out the day i manage to stay on track (eat healthy) an stay motivated ( i dont crave junk food in the day) But after 7pm... BAM! the junk food cravings kick in! Does this happen to anyone else? if so how do you control it?



    ABSOLUTELY! The only thing I've found that cuts this craving is peanut butter. Yes, it's got a lot of fat but it's better than eating the other crap. One big tablespoon and I'm able to resist the cheesecake.


    Of all of the strategies on here, I like this one the best. If you want to maintain some muscle mass, you have to have protein and good healthy fats. (Fats help keep testosterone levels up as well).

    Peanut butter is healthy (in moderation) has healthy fats, lots of good protein and sataites (sp?) you. It is a great strategy if you dont overdo it.