I’m not sure what it is, but I have an obsession with evening snacks. I can have an excellent supper, be satisfied and full, but as soon as I walk away from the table I start to think about what I’m going to eat before I go to bed. Maybe it comes from spending months on end living in a tent, only being allowed/able to eat at very specific times. (like when the chow hall was open). You’re sitting on your bunk, wishing for some… fill in the blank. Microwave popcorn, cookies, etc. Even now, I still get the evening snack cravings whether I’m actually hungry or not.
I know there are scientific reasons for the phenomenon, and we have “satisfaction centers” in the brain. Yada, yada, yada. Somebody make the bad man stop! I know that as soon as I eat the donut, I will regret it and think, “I could have skipped that.” Yeah, right.
At least lately I’ve been able to trade in the worst stuff for some more positive choices. I’ve become a fan of protein shakes and fruit smoothies, which are healthier choices than Oreos and ice cream. But even healthy snacks pack in some calories, which you’ve got to burn one way or another.
I actually had this pretty well beaten at one point. When I was in my most concentrated weight loss phase, I had weaned myself off of the evening snacks. Unfortunately, I was a victim of my own success. As I lost more weight, I started working out more, especially in the evening. I was usually pretty hungry after a workout, and had an apple, a granola bar, or something fairly healthy. That gradually led to snacking on the evenings I didn’t work out, and then more between meal stuff. So, here we are again.
There’s probably nothing wrong with an occasional snack, especially if you are really, physically hungry. But when it’s just mindless eating, that’s a problem. Fortunately, I’m working out enough now to burn off the extra calories. But how much faster could I be if I wasn’t eating the extra calories in the first place? Ah, the eternal question. Well, at least the extra body fat helps me float in the pool.