Jun 272011
 

One of the best ways to stop eating at night is to put a blindfold on. Sounds crazy, but it works! My other tips for curbing night-time eating are easier to chew…

But first, a word from Tim Ferriss:

“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks,” says Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body. “Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. ‘Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”

What are you waiting for? Seriously. What do you want to do, but keep putting off?

Ferriss’ most recent bestselling book is The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. It’s an excellent guide for people who want to stop eating at night and lose weight.

And, here are some of the best tips for people who eat too much…

7 Best Ways to Stop Eating at Night

I think the absolute, number one, most important best way to stop eating too much is to get a life! Create some goals, start working towards something meaningful and fulfilling. Oprah once said that people who eat too much are eating their dreams and goals — the food is a substitute for unfulfilled wishes and desires.

So, the best way to stop eating too much is to create a meaningful, interesting, fulfilling life.

And…

Eat with a blindfold on

This is my all-time favorite weight loss tip! After my laser eye surgery, I wore a blindfold for almost four days. I ate every meal without seeing it – and it decreased my calorie consumption by at least 30%. Instead of two slices of toast and peanut butter, I’d eat one slice at breakfast and one for my mid-morning snack. Eating with a blindfold on helped me tune in to my tummy — I knew when I was full because I was focused on my food and

If you eat too much, try eating dinner or snacks with a blindfold on. This isn’t just a great tip to stop eating at night or any time, it’s one of the best ways to increase your mind-body connection. And the more connected you are to your body, the more you’ll rely on satiety cues to stop eating.

Take a fiber supplement before dinner

One of Dr Oz’s weight loss tips is to take a fiber supplement at about 6:15 pm. Take it before you eat dinner. This is one of the best ways to stop eating at night because it’ll prevent you from eating a lot of heavy, fattening foods before you go to bed. Dr Oz says this tip can cut 70 calories a day, which can help you lose 70 pounds of weight a year.

But if you eat too much junk food for emotional reasons (eg, you’re sad, scared, angry, or depressed), then this tip won’t be as effective. You need to separate your emotions from your eating habits.

Have an “eat whatever you want” day

If you eat too much, you may think this is nuts. But, a day of eating whatever you please will help you stick to your diet or healthy eating plan. If you eat the same thing all the time – especially if it’s a strict diet that you don’t enjoy – your body will start to adjust. You’ll get tired of it, and find yourself cheating all the time.

I love this idea, of being able to eat whatever I want one day of the week! It’s one of the best ways to stop eating at night because it’s both emotional and physical. On an emotional level, I love the freedom of eating whatever I want. On a physical level, my body won’t plateau because I give it a huge increase in calories once a week.

Figure out when you eat too much – at night? mid-afternoon?

I tend to munch mindlessly right after lunch, especially when I feel anxious or scared about work (I’m a full-time freelance writer and blogger). I could sit in front of Judge Marilyn Milian and mindlessly munch on granola, nuts, popcorn, sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips for hours — especially if I have a difficult article assignment.

One of the best ways to stop eating at night or anytime is to identify your triggers, and be ready to do something else instead. Get a dog!

Savor an indulgence (such as a piece of gourmet chocolate) every second day

I love my homemade chocolate chip cookies, and I have to keep making them because my husband (and now my friends!) demand them. Instead of denying myself, I enjoy a cookie or two every second day. Not every day, and not every hour. Knowing that tomorrow I will indulge helps me resist my craving today. It also helps to bury those cookies in the freezer, so I don’t see them very often!

Count the empty chocolate wrappers or potato chip bags

Do you eat too much chocolate that comes in individual wrappers? Here’s a weight loss tip from psychologist Brian Wansink: keep the empty wrappers right in front of you. They’ll remind you of how many treats you ate, which will motivate you to stop eating sooner than if you weren’t keeping track. One of the best ways to stop eating at night is to keep the evidence of your snacking in plain view.

Chew sugarless gum

This is how I lost 25 pounds: I got hooked on gum. If I’m craving cookies, I go for the gum. If I want a second helping of fettucine alfredo, I go for the gum. In fact, I’m chewing a wad of Bubblemint Extra right now! It satisfies both my sweet tooth and my urge to put stuff in my mouth. But, I like the “eat blindfold” tip much better than this one. It’s healthier, and puts you in touch with your body. Chewing too much gum makes you bloated and gassy. It works, but it’s not my best tip.

For more tips on losing weight when you hate sweating, read 12 Small Ways to Get Healthy That Make a Big Difference.

Why do you eat too much? What do you think of these ways to stop eating at night? Comments welcome below…

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - Christian, bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

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In peace and passion...Laurie

  6 Responses to “7 Best Ways to Stop Eating at Night – From Blindfolds to Gum”

  1. Thanks, yes, I love the idea of wearing a blindfold to help you stop eating at night! It’s extremely effective, but takes all the fun out of eating.

    When I had laser eye surgery, I had to eat with a blindfold on. In fact, I did everything with a blindfold on – for 3.5 days! I got tired of eating really fast when I couldn’t watch tv or read while eating. It really helped me curb the mindless munching.

  2. I love the idea of the blindfold to help you stop eating at night! I don’t know if I’ll actually try it, but I think it’s a smart way to stop binge eating. I’m one of these people who eats more after 8 at night than all day long, because that’s how I unwind. Thanks for these tips.

  3. Jan,

    Thanks for your weight loss tips! Mid-afternoon is a challenging time for me, too — I could snack all afternoon long. I think it’s that post-lunch mid-afternoon energy dip that makes us want to eat. And, like you said, if you eat lunch early and dinner late, then you’re gonna be hungry at 3 pm.

    The best way to stop eating at night is to find something to do. Something you like even more than eating, that doesn’t involve snacking in front of the TV…

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  4. Hi Laurie
    I have looked at this book and wondered about buying it. The dangerous part of the day for me is mid afternoon because we have a very early lunch and then dinner at 7.30 pm! So if I don’t have a decent lunch that’s when I get the munchies and it’s usually for something not too healthy! I always make sure that I have heaps of veges at dinner time and never have trouble eating after dinner though. I have just started to eat Greek Yogurt as a mid afternoon snack and that does an excellent job of filling me up! Instead of having an “eat what you want day” I tend to try to limit myself to 3-4 “treats” a week, but either way it stops you feeling deprived. That’s an awesome idea about keeping the wrappers so that you can visually see how much you have eaten.

  5. Thanks for your comment, Aleah!

    I used to eat in front of the computer, too. But I decided I need to eat more mindfully and actually savor my food…so I now eat while reading the newspaper! It’s not much better than eating in front of the computer, but at least I don’t run the risk of spilling crumbs or drinks on my laptop :-)

  6. Hmm…this is quite an intriguing concept. I eat at night because I’m usually up late working. My problem is that I eat in front of the computer so I get hungry often. Will have to try this out!