So I had a baby a year ago and since then have been having problems trying to lose 30 pounds. I have no problem working out. The only problem I have is my cravings in the evenings. Is there any suggestions on what I can do to keep this under control? This is the main problem preventing me from reaching my goals. I don't know what is wrong with me. I'm a full time student and mom so I dont have the time to workout like I used to. Maybe an hour max 3 days during the week and on sat and some sundays on weekends. I do cardio for 45mins to an hour and weights on the weekends. I've cut my calories by 500 and even started eating clean but like I said my evening cravings get the best of me. How can I go a whole week eating healthy? I know its a mind thing but I just cant seem to keep my mind on my goals and its getting frustrating.
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Night time snacking is a very common problem for lots of women. Assuming you are eating healthy filling foods during the day and not letting yourself get too hungry, then the issue is likely more emotional than true hunger. Night time is danger zone for me as well. I am often tired, stressed or frustrated from the day and the opportunity is right there in the kitchen!
There are lots of things you can do to both distract yourself and manage your stress in a more productive way - go for a walk, take a hot bath, call a friend or relative, write in a journal, or come on this or another site for support! Sparkpeople.com has a very active and supportive forum for issues like this.
Also, find a few desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth but are healthy that you can allow yourself to have - things like sugar free jello with berries and fat free whipped cream, plain oatmeal or cream of wheat with cinnamon and splenda, a "mock" apple crisp in the microwave (basically cut up apple tossed in cinnamon and stevia, with a tablespoon of oats, some craisins and chopped pecans - nuke for 3-4 minutes) - then after that I often have some nice herbal tea. The tea relaxes me and has become my "signal" that I am done eating for the day.
I lost 30 pounds after having my daughter so I understand th challenge! Good luck!!
Oh - you also might want to change up your exercise. I found circuit training to be the most effective for weight loss. It combines resistance training with an aerobic component. It gives you a great bang for your calorie burning buck and is fun and challenging. All you need are a few sets of dumbells. There are some good DVD's out there now that you can do at home
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Also, about the eating every 2-3 hours thing... This might not be helping at all. I remember when I used to do that my cravings were pretty bad. It took me long enough to realize that eating multiple meals a day isn't doing anything better than eating 2-3 big meals a day instead.
I now eat 2 meals a day, never hungry and I don't remember the last time I had a craving. I eat treats almost every day and they are worked out in my calories. It is also about self control. I know I can have that piece of cake, but not another one, and I stick to that.
Also, if you wish to stick to the small meals a day thing, maybe try and drink a glass of water when you have those cravings? Some people do this and it might help.
Last edited by ClassickQC; 03-15-2012 at 12:51 PM.''Remember where you are posting (ie a body building forum) and the audience who is going to reply. If you just want someone to tell you you’re pretty, you’re slim/toned, ripped or correct in your craziness then please post somewhere else. '' ~Kjake55
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