You’ve probably found yourself searching for a late night snack more than once, finishing off a half-empty bag of chips “because it’s there”.  Sometimes it seems that we’re hungry, but in reality we’re not.

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Feel like putting something in your mouth when sitting in front of the television?  Are you eating out of boredom?  Here are five tips to help you quit extra snacking, so you can save hundreds of unnecessary calories.

1. Phone a buddy

Getting support from  someone close can be crucial when it comes to succeeding in any diet  or weight maintenance program.  Talk to a friend and tell them why you feel the need for a midnight snack.  The process of explaining does part of the work.  It  helps you get the answers out of yourself, and you’ll be able to control your urges better.

2. Get busy

Get out of your recliner, and get busy with something that has nothing to do with food and will get you as far away from the kitchen as possible.

3. Go to sleep

If you get hungry late at night, it’s better to just go to sleep.  Let the hunger pass you by.  When you wake up in the morning, you’ll feel better about yourself and you can easily get back on track.

4. Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth after every meal.  Yes, this might sound a little crazy, but believe it or not, brushing your teeth after every meal will reduce the urge to eat dessert or have an unnecessary snack.  Once you brush your teeth, the impulse and urge to eat will be diminished.

5. Drink plenty of water

You’ve probably heard this thousands of times already, but remember: a stomach full of water reduces the urge and impulse to eat.  Not only does it take up the room that extra food would otherwise, but sometimes the body mistakes thirst with hunger, and water is all you actually need.  After a few glasses, the impulse to snack or the hunger will pass on their own.

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  1. Working very long hours, plus commuting, the last thing I want to do when I get home is COOK! Actually, I’ve never been into cooking if it wasn’t a dessert or involved more than a few ingredients. The microwave and fast food were invented just for me and it shows. So where do I go from here? I don’t expect to lose 10 pounds overnight but I can’t do complicated menus with weird ingredients.

    • Hi, Carola. You can swap out the breakfast foods in your menu for the ones you want. Just click on what you want to trade in the same food group, and a dialog box will appear from which you can make your choice. The pattern will want you to select a serving of fruit, though.
      You may also prefer to use the fully personal version of the Menu Planner (the right-most option in the tools area here:, so that you can select the specific foods you want and meals at which you want them. Note that once you have a meal you like, you can repeat it as long as you like – just ignore the others.

  2. Having looked into your menu and tried it on one or two days I find there is too much food for a comfortable stomach. What are the various quantities uncooked in grams instead of cups?. Cups can be so variable in size. Are tablespoons level or heaped. Again grams weight would help.

    Can I mix and match various snacks and meals from different days?

  3. Hi, My name is Renee. I am a new member. Will you help me get started? I really am concern more about my daughter than me. She is 14 years old and she weighs 230lbs. I want to do this together so she won’t feel like it is a diet. I love her with all my heart. She is going in high school and I don’t want the name calling to start. Kids can be cruel! Thanks

    • Hi, Renee. It’s a great idea for you to do this together. I recommend that you select the foods to go into your menu as a team, as well as exercise and read our information together. It is very likely to increase success for each of you.

    • Hi, marfrie. MANY people share that issue. I suggest to just eat or drink something small and gradually make it bigger until it is a full meal. When you start eating less in the evenings than you may have been used to in the past, that may help. Getting in a morning workout before breakfast can also help.

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