Can't shed stubborn bellyfat, and with a bad late-night eating habit it doesn't help!

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    Jun 18, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    I have had a problem for over a year now whereas I can't help but eat at night... no matter what time of the day I eat dinner, which is usually between 6pm and 9pm, I am usually hungry again around 11-12. I have tried shaking the habit by following some advice I have read on others forums--drinking water, snacking on something light like cottage cheese or almonds, but it just doesn't seem to be enough. at the moment I weight about 195 lbs and I want to drop my weight to about 180... and I don't think its out of the question but I sure have a lot of belly fat to lose.

    I know I am eating right otherwise--I have about 4 meals a day, my biggest being breakfast, and dinner too if I am working out at the gym after wards, and most of my meals are quite healthy. I do cardio just about everyday, mostly swimming laps and some short distance fast running, and then workout at the gym for about an hour 4-5 times a week. I do however like to use avocado in a lot of meals.. I wonder if maybe I am using too much of it... and that's what is also contributing to my bodyfat's stubbornness? Anyone with ideas or additional questions please help!
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
    Instead of 4 meals per day with breakfast being the heaviest,
    try 6 meals per day all of them roughly equal.

    Also see if you can schedule your workout earlier in the day.
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    I cant sleep without a full stomach either. And I almost always wake during the night to eat again. I have my whole adult life. I hear that that is odd. I didnt know that. But it's my metabolism ....esp. now with the elliptical and stepper routine I am doing....I climbed 127 floors yesterday on the stepper! .. icon_eek.gif

    You are wise to be concerned about your belly fat for two reasons.

    1) that is dangerous fat. It has the consistency of pudding and it biologically active, meaning it is easily and immediately injected into the blood.

    2) if you are having this problem at 25, wait til you are in your 40s. Oy vey!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:46 AM GMT
    Almonds are good and good for you. Also, it's boring, but you can eat air popped popcorn all night.

    I agree with sreading it out to 6 smaller meals during they day. Your last one at 8pm.

    Doesn't sound like an unrealistic goal- you're def NOT fat or even mildly overweight.
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    Jun 18, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    Chucky said something in a similar thread like "Your body has this mechanism to let you know when you need food, it is called hunger - it is the craziest thing!" which I found to be both useful and hilarious.

    What is your diet looking like the rest of the day? If you wouldn't mind posting your typical diet including the time you eat, what you eat, and how much with calories included that would help see what is up.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    If you really think it's a problem, you can fool your body. Drink some hot herbal tea and then eat a granola bar or a piece of multigrain bread. Your stomach will think it's full.

    (works for me...)
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    Jun 18, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    You are not fat because you eat avocados.

    You are not fat.

    If you look like your pictures, you are really not fat-

    Really not.

    If you are still not looking ripped then you have to make small changes to diet and then just be patient.

    but, again, if you look like your pics YOU ARE NOT FAT
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    Jun 18, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
    Definitely a proponent of more meals but mostly think you need to suffer a little for what you want, eh? Seriously. If you have belly fat at 25 and you can't just avoid eating when you know you shouldn't? Hmmm...not looking good for you later in life. Most meals "quite healthy" probably needs to be examined as well. How do you define healthy? To rid yourself of fat you surely need to work out more, eat less, or both.
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    Jun 18, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    A few questions 4 u:

    1. What activities are u watching, or doing to drive u into eating late niteicon_question.gif
    2. Is this a mind over matter situationicon_question.gif
    3. Monitor what ur eating, and ask ur'self if u really need iticon_neutral.gif

    Most times we believe we need to be eating and we don't really need food at allicon_eek.gif Also try to substitute da fat ening foods with healthy foods.

    Oatmeal is great at nite, fresh fruits and vegetales are awesome too.
    Try changing to a healthier late nite snack, 4-5 times a week, with the other 2-3 times a week da heat nites. But remember if u want those 20lbs off, u need to soak in fewer calories, icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:33 PM GMT
    ok...looked at your pics....where is the fat? You look like you have a flat stomach and are in great shape? Are you wanting to be Ripped w/ low body fat under 10%?
  • EricLA

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    Jun 18, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    _chuck_ saidInstead of 4 meals per day with breakfast being the heaviest,
    try 6 meals per day all of them roughly equal.

    Also see if you can schedule your workout earlier in the day.


    Chuck, a recent survey pointed out a problem with the six meal a day program, and it could be the same Wardo is having with his four meal a day program. People tend to eat larger portions than they should. This psychology is the same when people are eating healthier food. They think they can eat more, so they're consuming more calories. One has to be EXTREMELY disciplined to make sure portion size and calorie intake is what it should be, and most people don't have or make the time necessary to implement these properly.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I'm not sure it should necessarily be the heaviest, but if you have a good meal it will jump start your metabolism for the rest of the day.
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:55 PM GMT
    the point of the 6 meals a day is that you take the total calories you are wanting to eat and then divide them pretty equally between the 6 meals. Not that you have sunday lunch 6 times a day