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I’m on a diet and exercise since having my baby. I run and/or walk 1-2 hours a day, also including a few workouts a few times a week. I’ve never been one to exercise and I started this 8 weeks ago. I definitely feel a difference in my muscle tone. Where my legs were soft are now relatively firm. I also aim to keep my calories down to 1400 a day (I’m 5’9)
well I have only lost 3 pounds in eight weeks. I am so bummed. I think the reason is because I sleep eat.
I wake up multiple times at night to eat, finding 5-9 wrappers for sugar substances every morning. Yeah the fiber bars are good for you and low on calories bur when I wake up finding 7 empty wrappers I just doubled my lunch and dinner combined! I rack up 500-1000 calories while I should be sleeping and I don’t even realize it. Sometimes I remember eating, sometimes I don’t.
ir is always sugar and when I hid my sugar snacks I found myself downing dr. Pepper and mtn dew (my husbands) all night long.
I know this is why my weight is so slow to start dropping so I’m hoping you lovely fitness beescan give me tips on stopping this? It’s so frustrating turning down food all day (unhealthy amounts at least) and exercising my butt off when its all ruined while I sleep and can’t even enjoy it. Eck
any tips or advice please? 🙂
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Post # 3
The previous owners of my house had this problem. The wife put a lock on the pantry and fridge and kept the key hidden from her husband at night.
Post # 4
Mrslovebug: are you on any medications that could be causing this? I know I’ve heard of this happening as a side effect of Ambien for example
Post # 5
Mrslovebug: Maybe you’re eating too little and your body is trying to tell you something? If you’re 5’9 and exercising 1 – 2 hours a day 1400 calories may be a bit too low. Are you breastfeeding?
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I do wonder if you calories are too low. I am only 5’5″ and when I have done calorie restriction before, I wouldn’t go lower than 1,500 on days that I was exercising.
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Mrslovebug: I do this too! I found that I eat at night more when I’m stressed or worried. Do you find this happens to you?
I also recently started back at the gym as well and I’ve been watching what I eat and trying to keep my calories down the same as you. I found my sleep eating has been happening more frequently since then and I go for sugary things, though most of the time I don’t have anything great in the house so I eat bread and butter, cereal, crackers, whatever I can find that’s quick. I’ll climb up on cupboards to get to any sweet treats that my fiancé hides out of my sight, and one night I opened a tin of condensed milk and drank that!
Most of the time I think I’m half awake, but sometimes I don’t remember what I’ve done until the afternoon and it will suddenly come back to me.
I find it infuriating as well, and it ruins all of the effort I put in to eat well during the day. It also hinders my weightloss too, which can get depressing. I think the best thing to do is to make sure you only have healthy snacks to eat in your house, and then you have no choice but to just eat something that isn’t too bad for you, if you’re really hungry. I find I get really angry in the night when I can’t find anything sweet (especially when my fiancé hasn’t hidden anything from me either!), but the next day I’m always relieved when I know I’ve woken up and only eaten a handful of nuts or a couple of crackers!
Hope this helps somehow!
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thank you all! I am on medication but there is no link with sleep eating.
ChocolateLime: I read the link. It said people are often given topamax to help, funny thing is I was given topamax five weeks ago to help control seizures but I’ve been putting it off (I hate starting a new medication), the article specifically says topamax also helps night eating lol. Guess I will get to starting that medication.
truth be told I don’t know how to calorie count while exercising, perhaps I should pay a visit to a nutritionist.
I try to keep only low calorie snacks but after 5 or 6 in one night, its pointless to be restricting at all
Post # 9
Topomax is used off label for binge eating disorder, but it does have significant side effects so I would use it as a last resort. I would definitely see a therapist about this- someone who specializes in eating disorders. Part of it is restricting during the day I’m sure, but it’s more complex than that. A lock on the fridge will only make you find food other ways (God forbid, driving somewhere). Good luck.
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RunnerBride13: I’m really not all that excited to start on the topamax but it was already given to me by my neurologist because my epilepsy medication hasn’t been working lately. I’m big on avoiding pharmaceuticals unless absolutely needed. Shoot, after having my daughter naturally I refused all pain medication apart from ibuprofen a couple times.
I’d like to da I wouldn’t drive but honestly speaking I very well could. I’m also a sleep walker and have been known to take trips outdoors.
Post # 11
I would love to lose 25-30 pounds but my BMI and everything is within the normal range and mostly in just looking to get more physically active. I’m trying to be healthy above all else so if it is that I’m consuming too few calories I will increase my intake.
I suppose I should make a trip to my doctors office
Post # 12
You should go and see a medical professional, probably a doctor, dietican & psychologist combo, rather than asking an internet forum.
the worst thing you can do is take medical advice from internet strangers. This is your health and wellbeing not which laundry powder to use.
Post # 13
So, I’m a polysomn. tech. Ya need to talk to a doctor.