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So I don't necessarily get meals at the "normal" schedule. I try, but it doesn't always happen.

What do you do at night, if you feel hungry and you didn't even get close to your max calories?

I had a Protein shake and had some chicken today. I tried to eat a few times, but my body just wasn't ready. Fast forward to 10pm and I am hungry.

I drank some Water. I had a hot cup of tea. I changed my activity. I still feel like I could eat a cow. I am also not normally a late night eater.

Should I eat something or not? I will probably be up for another hour or 2, but will be relatively sedentary.

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Why not just eat something? I don't understand the question.

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Hopefully this will help: I am on the 2-3-2 plan: I eat within 2 hours of waking. I eat every 3 hours (this helps avoid getting hungry), then I eat within 2 hours of going to bed. This plan, devised by my NUT, really helps stay me within the nutritional guidelines, while keeping me sated. What I eat later in the evening tends to be dairy, either cottage cheese, milk, or cheese sticks. Kind of a "comfort food" feel. Also, with the density of the dairy, I am totally content until Breakfast. Good luck to you!

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I think the whole "night eating is bad for you" is a myth. I've always had a problem eating at night. It is only a problem IF you are going over your calorie limit or eating the wrong kind of foods. I eat around midnight 5-7 days a week. Its usually dense meat like fish or turkey sticks. Sometimes I'll eat cucumbers with vinegar if I'm near my limit for the day. I lost 100 pounds in 5 months after surgery. Fortunately, I don't think the night eating hindered my weight loss what so ever. Now, eating starchy, carbohydrate rich food right before bed or the middle of the night is a no-no. That's how I got so big in the first place. That's not to say I don't crave a piece of cake or pie in the middle of the night. I just don't make it available in my house.

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I found I have to eat before going to bed. Why? I sleep eat. I didn't believe it until I brought it up at the last support group and the NUT said it's a real thing. I've found chicken bones on the kitchen counter and don't remember eating a piece of chicken. I found an empty jelly doughnut box and don't remember eating a doughnut. I have a history of sleep walking since I was a young child, so I guess it's reared it's ugly head.

P.S. The NUT is going to talk to the psychologist and see what he recommends. In the meantime, she told me to make sure I eat something before bed so I can at least control my food intact.

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On Sundays I make up a double batch of my "lemon icebox pie yogurt" that I came up with and I put it in 1/2 cup containers in the fridge. When I get home from work I put one in the freezer so by the time I am ready for a snack at night, it is like icecream and by the way, I am an icecream-aholic so I had to find a way to make me think I was getting it. LOL! I top it with some Rediwhip and it is the perfect snack. About 18g Protein and 120 calories. I also quit eating a snack during the day and just eat one at night. When I reached goal, I was having a hard time maintaining while eating 2 Snacks. You have to do what works for you. By the way, if you are interested:

Lemon Icebox Pie Yogurt

2 C Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt

1/4 C Lemon juice

2 Scoops vanilla Protein powder

10 packs Truvia

1 Box sugar free Instant Lemon pudding Mix

Mix first 4 ingredients well with mixer, add pudding mix and use mixer to blend. Will get very thick. Spoon into 1/2 cup containers. (I double the batch because I eat it for Breakfast a lot and my husband loves it too! You can also put this in a low fat graham cracker pie crust and take it to family gatherings so you will have something to eat. Noone knows it is healthy and everyone thinks it is a lemon icebox pie)

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Hopefully this will help: I am on the 2-3-2 plan: I eat within 2 hours of waking. I eat every 3 hours (this helps avoid getting hungry), then I eat within 2 hours of going to bed. This plan, devised by my NUT, really helps stay me within the nutritional guidelines, while keeping me sated. What I eat later in the evening tends to be dairy, either cottage cheese, milk, or cheese sticks. Kind of a "comfort food" feel. Also, with the density of the dairy, I am totally content until breakfast. Good luck to you!

This is exactly what I do. I eat 6 "meals" or Snacks a day, 2-3 hours apart and I rarely get hungry. Even a small snack like a cheese stick or an ounce of peanuts can tide me over to my next "meal".

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