Are You Binge Eating At Night?

June 2, 2009 | By | 51 Replies More
Binge Eating

Binge Eating

If you are binge eating at night, you are for sure not alone! So many of us do struggle with this specific problem, and it is one of the reasons why the weight we so desperately want to lose does not come off.

I admit, I am one of you – I can be super good during the day, eat my low Gi food and actually lose some weight during the course of the day (yes, quite often I weigh less in the evening than I did in the morning!), but then night time comes and all I do is sit in front of the TV and eat, or do stuff on the computer and – eat.

Have you watched my great weight loss ticker? It came down at the very beginning when I had a couple of days without binge eating at night, and hasn’t moved since. Because I got right back into the old bad habit of eating all kinds of wrong foods at the wrong time.

Is there any way we can prevent this from happening?  Is there anything we can do to break this cycle? Because I believe if we do, quite a lot of us would see a downward movement on the scales. Here are some of my ideas that could very likely help with this uncontrollable craving for food at night – if you remember it (that’s one of my weak points 😉 ) I also would love to hear any ideas, tips and tricks you have to help stop splurging at night – just leave a comment below so we can all benefit from it!

Ideas to help stop (or control) binge eating at night:

  • Head straight to the tap or your water bottle whenever you feel the urge. Drink a glass of water first!
  • Eat a banana – or two!
  • Have a good size mirror handy; look in the mirror while you are eating, it can be quite a turn-off.
  • Eat very slowly. Savour each bite. You will probably find that you are getting fuller faster.
  • Have a lot of raw veggies you really like handy. I love snow peas and sugar snap peas. Could be carrots for you, or something else. Try to have some pre-prepared (like, cleaned up) and grab them when the urge to “nibble” bites. Sometimes all you want is something to chew on for a while – raw veggies are perfect.

Let me know of any other ideas and tips you have, please. Let’s help each other to get over binge eating at  night!

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  1. Eating at night is one of the main reasons why I put on weight. I only ever watch the TV at night. So when I’m sat down watching my favorite TV shows I find it very hard not to start eating.
    Thanks for the tips on how to stop it.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Same here! But if we can get the eating at night under control, we should drop a few kilos just like that. I firmly believe that. – Really, just pre-cut some carrots or something, and nibble on those, it might just help. I find that the chewing, too, is something I seem to “need” so anything we can chew but doesn’t have may calories might help.

  2. I have burst of eating binges especially when I am bored or angry and will just eat. I have found that if I go for a great walk and burn most of that agnger or depression off and have a low glycaemic drink or low GI food bar with a fruits and drink water often I have found I can somehow curb my eating impulses and not eat as much. By adding low GI meals to my diet I have been able to keep my weight down too. eating disorders can be quite painful but why not ask a family memebr to help you and support you through the process of getting your eating disorder probelm under control.
    .-= Claude @ Eating Disorder Treatments´s last blog ..Help For Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Treatment =-.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Claude, you are right, if you suffer from a real eating disorder, you should see a healthy professional. If I can remember next time when I get one of my binge eating bursts I will reach for the water first, and maybe go for a walk or go on the stepper.

    • Julie Swansen says:

      Often with this eating disorder, family and friends just don’t understand. Unless you suffer from it…and after trip after trip down the stairs to the kitchen for “just one more thing” trust me, it is suffering….usually people just think, Hey, don’t eat. It isn’t that simple and often asking people you live with for help just makes things worse.

      The fruit and veg thing sounds great. Good luck to you who read this, and bless you who wrote it. Night binge eating is terrible. Over eating is harder to overcome then any drug addiction. If you wanna stop taking drugs, a simplistic solution is to remove yourself from the drug environment. With over eating it’s worse. Hell…even JC Penny sells candy.

      • subika sadiq says:

        That’s not true, if you have someone who loves you they can help u… It’s an embarrassing problem, but it is very much real and effects us greatly. Not often, but I do binge, I’m not sure why, I just do it…
        The facts are clear, it’s just food, the taste will go away n we will just be left with the weight and regret…

        But yet we still do it day in and day out… there is no quick fix solution, and even if we sort ourselves out, we are bound to relapse every now and then, but you have to stay strong, because you can get over it.

        The best thing to do is start a food log, it will start making you more aware of what you eat. Also keep food in weird places, higher up in shelves maybe… it will make you think twice before u grab the naughty stuff.. 🙂

        Have snacks u enjoy if u seriously feel the need to nibble, but be smart about them, i like eclairs, they last a while n kind of had to splurge on, your teeth can only take so much! You can try healthy snacks, but if you feel like attacking, your not going to pick up a carrot!
        Lastly… u are less likely to binge with people around you, so try and avoid being alone, make a phone call, go on fb, anything!

        Don’t give up hope and if you do slip, talk about it, if someone loves you, they wont judge u, n it makes u feel so much better… comfort eating will just result from this and eventually u will dig yourself into a deep hole!

  3. Thanks for the interesting post and helpful. Eating at night is something I always do and need to stop. I will try out your tips and see if they help me out. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  4. Ouch. I really eat a lot for dinner, and then chips after that while watching movie lol.

  5. The worse habit anyone can acquire is to eat in front of the tube. While watching a favorite show or one that is particularly engaging, it is not easy for those who do, to realise how they shuffle between the sofa and the fridge almost like a mindless automaton. Their hands seem like a programmed robotic appendage designed specifically to force feed them.

    Best options; resolve never to eat while the tv is on and you are in front of it. Multitasking definitely is the order of the day, but its effects can be very negative if one of the tasks involved is eating mindlessly in front of a tube.

  6. This is really unfortunate but so many people fall victim to this. Something must be done. I do what I can to help but this definitely needs to be more publicized. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great Post, I was a vitum of eating doritoes just about everynight. I would buy the family size and eat the whole damm bag before i went to bed. Well I decided to do something about it. I got rid of all the junk food in the house and bought a bunch of vegitables and if i wanted a snack the only thing there was to eat in the house was fresh vegies. This took some time to get used to and i even had sleepless nights over it but in a few weeks it was more normal than something I had to do.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      @fat loss 4 idiots, did you end up losing weight by doing this? I bet you have, it must have made a difference going from doritos to vegies!

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  9. I must admit that I’ve been know to enjoy the odd “midnight feast” too. I think that it definitely comes down to what you have handy to eat though. If you make sure that there is plenty of whatever fruit you like (bananas or pineapple are my favourites) and try to restrict yourself to only this then you’re OK.

    Maybe even prepare a fruit salad earlier in the day and leave it in the fridge for the night-time when hunger strikes.

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Rob, really good idea. Or, what I have thought of, to get my favorite vegetables (Snow peas) and de-string a heap of them already straight after I bought them, and have them and some carrot sticks sitting ready in the fridge so that you don’t have to prepare it any more

  10. I am a nocturnal person so I tend to eat at night and before bed. It’s not so bad if you do some exercise the next day but binge eating at night, is not recommended!

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  11. Hi there! Thanks for the interesting post and helpful. Eating at night is something I always do and need to stop. I will try out your tips and see if they help me out. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  12. Thank for the tips 🙂

  13. Taylor Reid says:

    my girlfriend gas an eating disorder called bulimia, she always throws up what she eats.,-:

  14. Generally I am slim person but recently I see my belly getting big 🙁 I used to drink a beer or two before sleep and eat some chips with that. Could this be the reason?

  15. i have a friend who has eating disorder, she was rehabilitated when she almost died.`,”

  16. Hi great article thanks for sharing. What exactly is binge eating and how do you know if you are a binge eater?

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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Michael, even though this comment does not belong here, I will approve it as I do have another site dealing with all things affiliate marketing ( , and I appreciate your input. But please, next time, just head over to my internet marketing blog and leave your comment there. Thanks.

  18. Diego Gray says:

    eating disorders can be very deadly, take a lot at Karen Carpenter,:-

  19. eating disorders are of course sometimes deadly because it can cause the degeneration of one’s health ‘~.

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  22. Drinking a lot of water, don’t watch TV at night because it encourages your free hands, go to sleep early instead. Don’t drink coffee, you can take some tea without milk or sugar.

  23. It was only after someone explained the ill effects to our health due to binge eating at night that I gradually tried to lessen it. It took a lot from me to actually unbend from the habit, as I wasn’t sure myself why was I doing it in the first place.

  24. MB says:

    This topic is a tough 1 for me.. I do it constantly. I’ll eat good all day, have a healthy size dinner and still end munching on 3 or 4 granola bars and 3 or 4 100 calorie snacks. And i actually find myself reasoning with myself that i wont do this tomorrow. Grrrr. I hate it. I know im not hungry and i still do it!!! I also must say its not always 100 cal snax and granola bars. Im no stranger to a big bag of chips and cookiez and cupcakes. HELP

    • Julie Swansen says:

      Hi, I do that too. Just ate so much I made myself sick. WTH???!!! I don’t even want to eat like this, but I swear. Right this very minute after already having eaten 4 soft pretzels, and a chicken sandwich I am struggling with going downstairs and getting something else. And talk about pounds piling on…I went from a size 6 to a size 12 in one year. I hate the way I look. Why can’t I stop this pattern???

  25. YES! I do that, and my weight is piling on but I dont know how to stop.

  26. thanks for the info and keep the good work up.

  27. Frank says:

    Thanks for the tips Petra, the problem with eating heavy at night is that our metabolism slows down as the day passes by and it is at its lowest at night so binge eating right before going to bed leaves our body no other option than to convert those extra calories in to body fat.
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  28. Interesting. Never thought about putting a mirror in front of me. I know FOR SURE that would make me stop eating. My main problem is that I’m a muncher. I love to munch on finger foods mainly like chips or cookies. Veggies sound like a good cure to that. Thanks for the tips!

  29. Issy says:

    yep, I have the munchies problem BIG TIME! I do ALOT of exercise but i eat to the point that I feel sick all the time. I can’t control myself it just happens and it is never usually healthy food either. help!

  30. What works for me is this that when an urge of eating arises like this, I postpone it. I don’t say to myself “Don’t have it”, but “have it later”. This helps me a lot. One may also try “Is t his beneficial for health?”, “what use of having it! No use”. Such thoughts as if nullify the temptation of eating something in particular. The other tips mentioned here are good as well, especially of chewing slowly and keeping a mirror. I never tried the mirror before but am curious to do that now.

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  32. Many are faced with the problem of associating relaxing time such as watching tv and binge eating. Some tips that may help could be to try and keep the room lit as it will not give you the soothing feeling of turning the lights down to relax and watch TV. Also keep all snacks out of the TV room as out of mind out of sight.
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  34. I found that eating 5 or 6 mini-meals throughout the day, rather than 3 larger meals, helped me to eliminate my night time snacking. I also feel much more energized throughout the entire day.

  35. Emma says:

    some good advice i once had. if you feel a binge coming on and open a huge bag of crisps or nibbles, then quickly grab some washing up liquid, squirt it in the bag and then you cant eat them! may seem like a waste of money, but you would have eaten them anyway and this way, stops you putting on weight. the need to binge usually passes, so after about 10 mins of being annoyed you have not got something to eat, you will feel thankful you didnt eat them! worth a go??

  36. Zsazsa says:

    Tonite after dinner I ate a jello cheesecake cup, mini Oreos, beef jerky, an ice cream cup, two string cheese sticks and triscuits. At night i am like the hungry caterpillar except instead of turning into a beautiful butterfly i am turning into a very overweight person. I was waiting for my kids to go to bed so I could start eating. I go back and forth between sweet and salty snacks. I have tried fruit and veggies but I don’t want something cold and wet – I want sweet and indulgent or crunchy and filling and comforting. I almost think I would be better off if I drank at night. I know it is habit and it is emotional but I cannot seem to find anything that will stop the very strong cravings. I eat very healthy all day and completely blow it every night. I work full time and have two small kids – I know part of it is rewarding myself for getting through my hectic and stressful day but how do I stop???

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Hi Zsazsa, I completely get where you are coming from, I do exactly the same! I also have 2 kids and work, eat healthy during the day and then blow it at night. What I have realized though is that if I go straight to bed after my kids are in bed (around 8:30 to 9 pm), I can’t eat any more because I go to sleep. And also, I wake up a lot more rested and balanced. I know its kind of very hard, when the kids are in bed I want to have MY TIME, which I need so badly, but maybe just not having it for a few weeks will actually turn around the vicious cycle and get some weight loss happening. So we can REALLY have our time – the time of our life being thinner! 😉

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  39. The part when you said to look in the mirror made me smile. Actually laugh a bit but it’s very true. I look myself in the mirror and just think that I shouldn’t have this body. :0)
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  40. If i got hungry at night i eat some fruits or chocolates to fill my stomach !!

  41. CardioGod says:

    Eating raw vegetables – great idea. Another tip – do not sit at the computer till late night. Go to bed on time and you will not suffer from the urge to eat something. It is my life experience: when I am working at the computer till late night, I am always searching what to eat, but when i go to bed on time, my mind is seeing dreams and does not thinking about eating.

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