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Why are cravings worse at night?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 03, 2012 at 5:19 AM

What is the biological reason that cravings (like nut cravings) happen at night, and not during the day, as a general rule?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 04, 2012
at 06:16 AM

There is one thing I want you to know - not sure if it is going to help, but it is interesting - when I was sick (I still am, but like really sick) and SAD and worked in a high stress environment, I would get a craving exactly at 3:30 PM (when my work was done for the day). It stopped only when I stopped working. My theory (and I am not a scientist!!!) is that when we "relax" our system tells us we are out of vitamin A - it gets depleted when we are stressed out. Again, not sure how helpful it is.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

I've eliminated those things... actually I had a little tahini the other day, maybe that's what triggered it. You're right. However, I'd still like to know WHY it happens at night.

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on September 04, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Yep, I'm like you. Unhappy in my job so meals become chief source of pleasure. Not good.

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on September 04, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I do this too - even if I'm not actually hungry for anything more. I think the problem is that I'm "looking forward" to meals as entertainment/relaxation in the first place (if my job weren't so mind-numbingly terrible I wouldn't want food just to get my mind off the work).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 03, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Try to eliminate all sweets, sugar, fruit and nuts. At first you will have cravings, but then they will subside.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on September 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

I hear you, Theresa. For me, cravings translate themselves into thoughts, not the other way around.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on September 03, 2012
at 01:04 PM

During the day, I get hungry. Then, when I eat, usually the hunger goes away. At night, when I eat, the impulse to eat remains no matter how much I eat.

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on September 03, 2012
at 06:39 AM

I might be making it sound easy, because it is easy. I feel that you are making it harder than it actually is. If you keep telling and/or think yourself that you want something cold,sweet etc YOU WILL END UP CRAVING SOMETHING SWEET! I'm not being an arse or neither am i trying to say that i am better in anyway, it's just that i've been there. It really is simple, keep that in mind and see the results :)

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on September 03, 2012
at 06:12 AM

You make it sound so easy, whoreball, mind over matter! But while im sitting after a long hard day of work, I want something pleasing, something cold, sweet, satisfying. I might as well eat it, because my mind wont let me rest until I do !

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on September 03, 2012
at 11:43 AM

I can't say as to why the cravings are worse at night (as far as the science goes at least). I can tell you what worked for me within a week. Probably the number one thing was L-glutamine. Amazing amino. It has helped me in more ways than one. Other things that helped though...going to bed earlier, eating a satisfying meal for dinner, finding something nourishing to occupy my mind (such as a good book), and generally avoiding all sweets(even fruit), until I got my carb cravings under control. Hope that helps!

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on September 03, 2012
at 04:20 PM

For me the cravings I get at night depend a great deal on what I ate that day - if I had too much carbs and especially sweet carbs my nighttime cravings can be intense. If I had a low carb day I might feel a little physical hunger (I am limiting calories a bit as I need to lose weight) but not the kind of mental mugging a real craving does to me.

So for me the amount and type of carbs I eat has everything to do with the cravings I get.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on September 03, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I used to think it had to do with knowing there is no more eating happening that day. Like after breakfast you can look forward to lunch, etc. But after dinner, you know you're done for the day. I could be wrong though - I'm sure hormones, boredom etc also play a factor.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on September 04, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I do this too - even if I'm not actually hungry for anything more. I think the problem is that I'm "looking forward" to meals as entertainment/relaxation in the first place (if my job weren't so mind-numbingly terrible I wouldn't want food just to get my mind off the work).

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 04, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Yep, I'm like you. Unhappy in my job so meals become chief source of pleasure. Not good.

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on September 03, 2012
at 07:43 AM

Ghrelin secretions go up at night.

For some undereating/restrcitign/perceptions of these may also lead to cracvings later in the day...

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 03, 2012
at 05:25 AM

From personal experience i think it is because we are not occupied with any activity. Basically our mind wanders and the first thing that comes up is food!

Get control over your mind and those cravings will never come again :)

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

(1632)

on September 03, 2012
at 06:39 AM

I might be making it sound easy, because it is easy. I feel that you are making it harder than it actually is. If you keep telling and/or think yourself that you want something cold,sweet etc YOU WILL END UP CRAVING SOMETHING SWEET! I'm not being an arse or neither am i trying to say that i am better in anyway, it's just that i've been there. It really is simple, keep that in mind and see the results :)

C74581a453f1379b7a617461e2940281

(38)

on September 03, 2012
at 06:12 AM

You make it sound so easy, whoreball, mind over matter! But while im sitting after a long hard day of work, I want something pleasing, something cold, sweet, satisfying. I might as well eat it, because my mind wont let me rest until I do !

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

I hear you, Theresa. For me, cravings translate themselves into thoughts, not the other way around.

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on September 03, 2012
at 06:47 PM

CORTISOL AND GREHLIN:

The bad guys...

Keeping the intense portion of your workout (Start to finish) below 45 minutes should keep cortisol away. Also relaxing keeps it away. Cortisol erodes lean muscle which is bad for weight loss. Because each pound of muscle burns calories for you.

Grehlin or why did I just eat an entire bag of oreos, chips, etc.. Or even why did I eat so much Paleo approved food...

Sleep and meals reduce grehlin levels. Lack of sleep means higher grehlin levels. Grehlin levels go down when you eat. So fasting is a more advanced technique and if you are still devouring massive food after dinner than it is not time to add fasting yet.

To beat grehlin sleep at least 7 hours (Likely you need more)... And eat a big protein breakfast, eat lunch and dinner.

Grehlin builds after each meal so going to bed early will help with the munchies and staying up late is a trigger...

For more Paleo Diet hacks: How do I lose weight? - PaleoHacks.com http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight#ixzz25QxnoXHp

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 03, 2012
at 08:12 AM

That's not my experience. My cravings are the strongest when I am hungry during the day, not at night. Not sure why.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 03, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Try to eliminate all sweets, sugar, fruit and nuts. At first you will have cravings, but then they will subside.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 04, 2012
at 02:31 AM

I've eliminated those things... actually I had a little tahini the other day, maybe that's what triggered it. You're right. However, I'd still like to know WHY it happens at night.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on September 03, 2012
at 01:04 PM

During the day, I get hungry. Then, when I eat, usually the hunger goes away. At night, when I eat, the impulse to eat remains no matter how much I eat.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on September 04, 2012
at 06:16 AM

There is one thing I want you to know - not sure if it is going to help, but it is interesting - when I was sick (I still am, but like really sick) and SAD and worked in a high stress environment, I would get a craving exactly at 3:30 PM (when my work was done for the day). It stopped only when I stopped working. My theory (and I am not a scientist!!!) is that when we "relax" our system tells us we are out of vitamin A - it gets depleted when we are stressed out. Again, not sure how helpful it is.

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