Late night eating

By P2putt Latest Reply 2009-06-24 08:57:23 -0500
Started 2009-05-29 07:46:51 -0500

For the last year I have a compulsion to eat (carbs) between the hours of 10P.M. and bedtime. I seem to be driven to eat dispite the fact that I'm not necessarally hungry. After dinner I resolve not to eat again but too often I do. My weight is like a yo yo. I keep loosing the same 8 lbs. over and over,not to mention how it effectc my b.s. levels. Has anyone heard of the effects of rigorous exercise on Diabetics. I do Cardio and weight training 6 days a week.Could this contribute to my problem? Suggestions,comments please.Thank you.

34 replies

patti 2009-06-24 01:20:45 -0500 Report

my schedule is so hectic, Im not sure of a meal time…lol I take care of a disabled hubby, he is not in good shape so I eat somedays when I remember…My biggest problem is stress…hmmm sound familiar? Nighttimes are the worst… Well I just grab a1/4 head of lettuce and drizzle some lemon juice and mix with fresh garlic that is my late night snack. Its healthy, low carbs, tastes great

colt_fan 2009-06-03 09:05:01 -0500 Report

No help from me on this because I am going through the same thing too.

muffin2466 2009-06-03 09:22:07 -0500 Report

I have the same thing at night. When my sugar level is ok then I seem not to do it. My big problem is not eating breakfast or lunch. For some reason I am not hungry. I know this is wrong because spiking is not good when I do eat. I can imagine that being on the internet at night when you want to snack may help take your mind off of eating.


P2putt 2009-06-04 12:50:10 -0500 Report

Muffin,thank you for your reply. I do find that I loose all track of time. I'm usually on the computer in the am and the morning flies .I should switch times. The only possible problem is,"It may cost me my marriage" HaHa.

Dietbeeties 2009-06-01 09:53:09 -0500 Report

When I get bit by the snack monster at night, I tend to go for popcorn. Its crunchy, tastes good, and I can eat quite a bit of it as a serving. Fills me up and keeps me from going back and forth to the kitchen for one empty filler after another. Hope you can get it figured out. Thanks for starting this post though, its nice to know I am not the only one who is still hungry at the end of the day!

NormaJean 2009-06-17 18:56:31 -0500 Report

I am a sucker for eating in the night mostly sweet stuff…not forgettin ice cream,I had started putting on weight but it bothers my back so I had to lose the extra weight.I started eating popcorn in the night and some fruit,then I'd take my pill,my numbers weren't too bad in the mornin. My advice to the night snackers try to eat healthy snacks that way you wo't be hungry and you'll have good numbers.

lois hutchins
lois hutchins 2009-05-31 13:58:32 -0500 Report

I take ambien as a sleep med. after I take it and actually going to sleep. I am starvin -marvin!!! lol I will kinda sleep walk to whatever is here , to eat ,usually something sweet!!
Since found this out I have tried low carb snack foods and found this sometimes works. I found splenda grape jelly! It is very good and curbs my sweet tooth! then I sleep!
Hope this helps

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-30 14:45:06 -0500 Report

What are your numbers (BS) like? I almost always have a snack about 10 - carb/protein - if my 2hr. no. is 120 or under. If I don't my fasting skyrockets. Could it be your body telling you that you need a little something to get you through the night?

Pete Nitney
Pete Nitney 2009-06-02 09:51:51 -0500 Report

You guys gotta get a handle on your eating right. Most important(eat b-fast) drink lotsa water between meals, Get 8-9 hours undisterbed SLEEP. YOU will loose weight. Dont forget to drink 8 oz lowfat milk every day. I know, I know, you all heard this before!!!

lipsie 2009-05-30 07:46:12 -0500 Report

I dunno what kind of medication you taken but that also can play an effect. I take a heck a lot of phsch meds and at first I use to get up in the night and pig out BAD! But now somehow its not so bad…not sure IF they got the right combo, different meds caused it, etc. but I really believe those meds caused a lot of that. Just a thought. I mean I would even wake from my sleep and eat. ulgh. Now, I am fully awake and just eat usually evenings and its carbs..ulgh that's my huge problem now. I dunno though, good luck! *Hugs* Sheila

P2putt 2009-05-30 08:15:31 -0500 Report

Thank you. I'lldiscuss this with my Doc. There seems to be so many factors that can effect us and I always think it is my fault that things go badly.Thank you again:)

eryannasGG 2009-06-08 01:50:31 -0500 Report

I agree with you, that I think it is the medications that cause those late night snack runs. I'm trying to buy some healthier snacks since I can't seem to stop this nighttime runaway train of eating.

mamaoak 2009-05-29 18:52:01 -0500 Report

i have a couple of string cheese they are low on carbs. or some diat sugar free jello or one once of almond coco coverd nuts. hope this helps.

GabbyPA 2009-05-29 15:33:05 -0500 Report

My deal in the evenings is that if I am working or at the computer or doing something constructive, I don't tend to snack. BUT, if I am watching a movie with the family...boy, I have the same problem. I am trying really hard now to just take a "right portion" snack with me to the room, and that is all I get. If I can get to where I am involved in the show, then I usually can distract my "snacking monkey". LOL

P2putt 2009-05-30 06:29:13 -0500 Report

TV is also my cross. After a busy day and a healthy dinner I park myself in front of the tube.I'll try the computer between 8 and 11.Thank you. Pete

Antique-Dave 2009-05-29 15:02:08 -0500 Report

Prior to dx I was eating a lot between 7PM and 11PM, but also not eating breakfast most days, not a very good lunch which was usually something from Burger Thing.

Dinners were almost always good as we usually cooked something up but afterwards look out. snack attack and junk food until the lights went out.

I was (not) dealing with depression and would watch the tube and eat junk indiscriminately. I have lots of hobbies but had no energy anymore to do them.

Just changing my eating patterns, a good breakfast, and lunch with heatlthy snacks made a difference right away,

I'll swear by fiber as it keeps me feeling full and not wanting to eat extra most of the time. I think that adding the B complex helped and the diet changes put my Potassium and D3 back in the healthy range. All in all energy levels are good now.

I still snack during tv time but they are healthier snacks.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-05-29 11:43:15 -0500 Report

If you're eating when you know you're not hungry, it sounds like you're eating for emotional reasons. That might be boredom as Judy suggested. Or it might be other reasons.

There are some great books out there that deal with this issue. Check out some of these links. You might even be able to find books on this topic at your library.

P2putt 2009-05-30 06:19:19 -0500 Report

Thank you John. I do have a number of issues I'm trying to deal with plus I'm taking meds for depression. Boredom may also contribute. as I stay on my diet from breakfast until 9pm probably because I'm quite active. I will also check out your references T Y Pete

P2putt 2009-06-04 13:07:24 -0500 Report

John,last night I saw a program about Obsessvve compulsive behavor .Each of the 2 therapists spoke of a prosess termed Explosion or Exposure. This refers to allowing yourself to esperience the discomfort associated with ones issue-for me the excessive eating a night. I'm going to try this as I know I have OCD traits. Let all of you know what happens. Be back soon. Pete

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-06-07 15:49:43 -0500 Report

Love these site John. Hopefully my head will swallow up these concepts beside me swallowing up food late at night. My problem is I think I don't eat breakfast. That is something I have to teach myself to do…Debe

hubbysnurse 2009-05-29 10:09:42 -0500 Report

I can’t offer any help, just my understanding. My husband eats after dinner also, mostly ice-cream. He even gets up and eats in the middle of the night. It’s hard for me to understand that because I don’t have that compulsion, and I’m not diabetic. I believe he must be hungry, or at least think he is. We both know it’s not good for him, but he can’t stop. We will be following this discussion.

RaleTrail 2009-05-29 12:05:35 -0500 Report

He must stop doing this. Sometimes you have got to address the consequences of not taking care of yourself when a diabetic. I have been a type one diabetic for 55 years. We watch our blood sugars so as to prevent blindness, infections, etc. I have seen teenagers going blind because of following a free diet. A diabetic must live each day as if he were going to die tomorrow. Diet is so important.

P2putt 2009-06-03 07:42:50 -0500 Report

Rale Trail, You are absolutely correct.What you say about diet,eating is right on. Sometimes ,I guess,I jist give in rather than do what has been suggested on DC. Thanks Pete

2009-05-29 08:27:46 -0500 Report

Could it be that your bored at that time of day? Maybe find a hobby to get you through those hours.

Just a thought

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