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Weight Loss Tips: Late Night Cravings

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 1 4

I think that everyone who was new to dieting has woke up in the middle the night with cravings. Okay, well maybe not woke up in the middle of the night, but late night cravings can happen before you go to bed too...here is a handful of options and tips that I use to help beat these late-night cravings, because nothing is worse than spending all day watching what you eat, sticking to your diet (that you made 15 pre-made meals for), lifting weights as hard as he could and running your butt off for an hour, just the eat a huge bag of cookies before you go to bed and destroy it with 1600 empty calories!


I know, I know,water is not food. But, water is a natural appetite suppressant and does a good job of putting some volume in your stomach! You should drink some water before you do anything else. Studies show that people who consistently drank water, had better results with their diet plan and kept the weight off that they lost. Not to mention there's 0 calories in water, what more reason do you need.

Give in...

That's right I said it. Just give in to your craving. But portion control is key here. I have a tiny carton of ice cream in the freezer. I mean, like tiny. It costs a dollar and there's like three bites in it.  A small treat is ok unless you are maintaining ketosis. Then you just have to ignore your late-night cravings and eat some chicken.... Smothered in cheese....

When you're on a diet plan...

On a diet plan with prepared meals? Eat one! 300 calories in a hight protein meal beats 300 calories from 2 cookies any day (not to mention 1600 cal from eight cookies!!) Make sure you are eating enough and you are not skipping meals. Remember to give yourself a break, it takes a little time to adjust to this kind of lifestyle with healthy habits. Remember it takes an average of 21 days for a new behavior to become a habit, and eating habits are some of the most difficult to deal with. 

Bag of cookies looking too good?

Get it out of your house! I have no snacks/junk food in my house. You know why? Because when I have it in my house I eat it. It's really that simple. I try to stay away from things like top ramen, macaroni and cheese, and cans of soup that have poor protein to calorie ratios. People come to my house and they are like omg...what do you eat. I give them a meal I made, usually salmon or marinated chicken or steak with broccoli and a 1/4 cup of rice. After a few of these, many times I hear about how good I eat, not about how "healthy" I eat, but about how I eat steak and salmon all the time...lol

Drink a protein shake...

The protein cocktail shake has been my saving grace. I take one before bed and I am not even hungry in the morning. This consists of ones scoop of a whey protein and him and him, which is a fast digesting protein, and one scoop of a casein protein, which is a slow digesting protein. This ensures that the protein is digesting for 4 to 6 hours as I sleep, and amino acids are being drip fed into my bloodstream all night long. This has helped get rid of almost every craving, and I have stopped waking up in the middle of the night. The first thing I do in the morning is drink half a bottle water and jump rope in my car port, even before I  make my egg whites! I don't think this would be possible if I quit drinking protein and night.

 To sum it up...

So to sum up the things I do to beat late-night cravings. The first thing I do is drink some water. If I'm still hungry after I drink some water, I eat one of my pre-made meals. Then, if I think I'm going to die and I absolutely can't live without a treat, and I'm not in ketosis, I eat a couple bites of ice cream from my tiny container of ice cream. Remember, tiny is key. Having stuff that you're not supposed to eat in your house makes it 100 times harder to stick to any kind of healthy diet plan, so get it out of your house. Drinking a protein shake like the one mentioned above will give you about 50 grams of protein was only 250 calories. This is by far your best shot at beating late-night cravings.



Aug 3, 2012 8:27am
If you want to truly become fit, repetition is the secret. Following a sporadic workout schedule where you exercise every once in a while can compromise your results.
Aug 3, 2012 8:42am
yes...there are many aspects to living a healthy lifestyle.
Aug 3, 2012 2:21pm
I have reached the point in my weight loss efforts where my body is fighting back hard! That started somewhere around the 100 pound drop range, and I've put back on about 20 pounds or so. It seems that whenever I try to cut down on portion sizes or carbs, the body goes into hunger overdrive to coax me into eating.

I agree with you. For most people, the protein shake is the best way to handle the issue, but I can't do dairy and have to watch my total protein intake or my blood sugar soars. I really like the ideas you present in this article. An extra 300-calorie diet meal is a much better alternative than going face down into my husband's gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

I also really enjoyed how you touch on making your ideas work for various types of diets. I can remember doing the chicken or cheese thing late at night when I'm in ketosis because it really works! Thanks a lot. This article was extremely helpful.
Aug 3, 2012 3:32pm
Thanks and I'm glad you liked it!! I am 5'5" tall and I weighed in at 240 lbs. I went down to 210, and started to lift weights super hard, like 2 hours a day, everyday, alternating between upper and lower body exercises. I now weight 220 lbs but I have dropped over 10% of my bodyfat!! I started at 36% body fat at 240 lbs, and now I am 218 with 21% bodyfat!!! I want to reach 8% in two more months. It is pretty slow going when you are worried about losing muscle.
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