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    bjkiii is offline Junior Member
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    Default nightime hunger

    On days that I train, I almost always wake up in the middle of the night (2 or 3 am) hungry. I've tried eating a bowl of cereal or yogurt before bed but that doesn't seem to work. I am hesitant to have a big meal before sleeping.

    Has anyone dealt with this?

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    If you have been doing this for years you have developed a pattern that is difficult to break. My sister is the same way with night time eating. Without knowing how you eat throughout your day I would only be guessing. Could it be that you are not eating enough during the day? Starving all day will set in motion night time binging. I have a rule for myself - After my last meal (dinner) I brush my teeth. I do not like brushing my teeth twice at night. Therefore, no nighttime eating. I have done this for years. For me brushing twice is VERY bad juju. Its like a superstition with me. In my mind it portends bad luck. I have become very OCD about this - (think Adrian Monk) . Because I have trained my response to nighttime brushing of teeth in this manner - I am never hungry at night. I even wake up in the morning not wanting to eat. All I want then is coffee. Develope some sort of routine that works for you that will break the cycle of nighttime eating. CAUTION: Do not try to change too many things at the same time. An example of change would be to eat 1 hour later than you usually do. Or eat more protein/vegs earlier in the day. Cut (or restrict to 1-3 days of eating) down on bread, white rice, mashed potatoes (any white stuff) Small changes add up - the old 2+2=5 idea. Lastly look at your training. Do you need to change anything there? Another program /or method of training perhaps?...Dennis

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    I've had success drinking a casein protein shake an hour or so before bedtime. The protein is of the slower absorption variety so it should stave off hunger pangs. Depending on the brand you can keep the calories a very reasonable 200-300 calories.

    It's also good because it keeps you from entering the starvation state that long periods between meals induce. As a result you'll keep your metabolism quietly smoldering throughout the night.

    My personal favorite is Muscle Milk though there are definitely others, I use half the normal serving with some frozen fruit mixed in for fiber and that extra "full" feeling.

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    Cottage cheese with some blueberries is an easy solution. Additionally, cottage cheese might put you in a deeper sleep.

    You can also try purchasing a night time casein type shake to keep you feeling full over the course of the night. True Protein offers a night time shake and it has worked wonders for me.

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    I have this problem, its worse when I'm bulking then cutting. I usually get up and have a glass of milk or some whey protein and it takes care of it, but what I'm starting today is skipping my second to last meal and just doubling up and having a 1200 calorie meal before bed.

    I agree that its a learned response.

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    Default thanks for the tips

    I'll try them.

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    You could always try IF. For a lot of us here it has been a blessing to be able to work with our hunger cues (usually were hungrier later in the day), instead of avoiding them or trying to curtail them.
    Leangains, ESE, and the WD are all popular here.
    Last edited by Dano3000; 03-03-2011 at 10:59 AM.

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    I agree with the thought of protein before sleeping if you have to do that. If you are shooting for weight loss it's a good idea to make sure your last meal before sleep is 2 to 3 hours before it. But if you find yourself waking up you should try something with a slow breakdown that will also benefit your working out like protein, a protein shake sounds good. If you find yourself still hungry try using milk instead for some extra calories.

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    A friend of mine continually wakes up with hunger pangs as he is trying to lose weight, the best thing that I suggested to him that he has helped was to drink 24-32 oz of water and then heading back to sleep.

    As for waking up to pee, really depends on your bladder.
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    if you're hungry eat. there's nothing wrong with that. really.
    the idea of cottage cheese before going to bed is a great idea but if that's not enough for you, ya try a bigger meal earlier as has also been suggested. and if meal balancing is new to you, here's a pdf overview that may help.

    the thing that would be of concern is if this waking up is real hunger or it's a habit that's wrecking your sleep. SO if you know that you've had a bigger feeding, and you still wake up feeling hungry, may be time to think about strategies to retune that habituated ghrelin response that says you're supposed to eat now.
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