6th Medifast meal in the middle of night

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HELP! LOL... I have been having my 5 medifast + lean and green meals as required but lately with all the stress in my life right now, I have been getting up in the middle of the night, and eating a Peanut Butter Crunch Bar making that 6 Medifast meals~! UGH The time frame ranges from around 12:30-3:00amish.. Is this totally throwing me out of ketosis and off the plan?..

Comments (36)

It may be putting your carbs over 100, it may not be - it depends on what you're eating the rest of the day. Obviously the behavior is more of a concern than the nutrition though. So, just to make sure I'm understanding you - stress is keeping you up at night, and then while you're awake, you go and eat a bar?.

Is it just peanut butter bars? Is there something about those that are "soothing" to you or acting as emotionally calming? If so, I'd chuck those peanut butter bars and not reorder them (Okay, I wouldn't chuck them, but I'd finish them and ONLY allow myself to eat them during the day).

Can you lock up your Medifast foods before going to bed at night? I know that sounds extreme, but like moving them out to the car where you really have to go to some effort to get them? Something that sort of makes you pause and think "Do I really want to do this?".

Also, set a rule for yourself that if you get up, you've got to drink 8 oz of water. That's also something that will make you pause before ingesting food and going off plan.

Hope those are some helpful coping techniques until you can get the stress under control. You've got to find something other than eating to soothe the stress (take a shower? Paint your nails? Scrub the toilet?), but ultimately, minimizing stress in your life is one of the best things you can do for your health...

Comment #1

No the bars are not keeping me up... I fall asleep quick, a couple or so hours later, I get up for a few mintues, head straight to the kitchen, eat a bar and fall quickly back to sleep!!.

I guess I will take my bars with me to work and keep them here Thanks!..

Comment #2

I think you have a bigger issue to figure out than where to keep your bars. You need to understand WHY you feel the need to get up in the middle of the night and eat. What happens if you remove the bars from the house and you get up and eat something off plan? Sounds like you need to work on what's causing the behavior rather than the result...

Comment #3

I agree, I don't think it's so much the eating of the 6th meal. I've had REALLY late days sometimes and I eat an extra bar or drink an extra shake cause I'm STARVING and need the extra to help me get to sleep. It's not habit, though, just an every once in a while. Is there something else that you can do instead of eat the bar? drink some water with a little lemon? Or something not associate with food, read a few chapters of a book or listen to soothing music? It's hard to break those food trigger habits, but so worth it...

Comment #4

Well, I'm sure you wont do to much damage!..

Comment #5

I have done this since a teenager and the psychologist counselor couldn't figure out why other than some childhood problems. If I try to go back to sleep without eating SOMETHING I'll keep getting up. So I drink water and eat a SF jell-o...

Comment #6

I'm with Alisa here on this one. I do the same thing sometimes and have for years. I've also read about other folks doing it and it isn't the worst thing in the world. Yes it does fill a psychological needbut it won't kill you nor is it the only thing that keeps us overweight. Suggestionhow about trying to eat half a bar? Won't be as big of a deal in carbs or otherwise...

Comment #7

What everyone else said but........Did you do this during stressful times before Medifast? Are you waking up because you are hungry and having trouble falling back to sleep because you are hungry? How soon before you go to bed are you eating your last Medifast meal. Are you physically active during the day? Does you last Medifast meal have any caffeine or chocolate in it?..

Comment #8

Since I really can't relate to the issue, I'm just being curious, not confrontational. Wouldn't it be better, rather than eat an additional snack right before bed or a 6th meal (1/2 or otherwise) in the middle of the night, to eat your last Medifast meal right before you go to bed? Just wondering if that would help with the problem...

Comment #9

As a habitual midnight snacker (pre-MF), I think De is on to something... Maybe try having your last Medifast meal right before bed. That works best for me.

Good luck..

Comment #10

I got up and ate in the middle of the night all the time before Medifast - When I started eating a heavier last meal about 1 hour before bed, this stopped..

I have Medifast cream of chicken soup chips with 2 wedges of lite LC cheese pretty much every night about an hour before bed and this keeps me full..

I still wake up in the middle of the night but this is to pee..

Comment #11

I am a sleep eater, at least that is what I have been told. I used to get up in the middle of night, semi-conscious and eat, every night almost. Since Medifast, I wake up but the eating has stopped, it is like my body finally is getting what it needs during the day - however, I have had three nights since being OP that I have had a bout with sleep eating, but now I ate dill pickles! So perhaps you can put dill pickles, of SF jello out in case it happens, it is a bothersome condition, I know!..

Comment #12

I have a condition called chronic gastritis (pre ulcer condition). I take Nexium for it. However, I ran out and for the last week my tummy has been really hurting. Sometimes at night I've had to have an extra meal to have something in there so it won't eat itself and give me an ulcer. I had to do it last night, in fact. I have not had any changes with my weight loss in either direction.

Normally, I would eat saltines for it, but since I can't, the next best thing is an Medifast meal. (I had an oatmeal muffin to soak up some acid)..

Comment #13

Do you have blood sugar issues?.

Depending on when you eat your last meal this could be your blood sugar tanking and your body is needing something to help bring it up..

Have you been to your MD and had a complete physical and blood workup. If not this might be a great time to do so..

Just trying to think of other reasons beside emotional eating. For me it would be emotional for DH it would be blood suger tanking...

Comment #14

Instead of eating a bar, you can eat a snack and stay OP. You can order soy crisps or crackers or have a SF Jello or dill pickle. Just find something that you think will work for you and work it into the plan...

Comment #15

I read that instead of EATING, most dieters report that drinking a full 8 oz. glass of water in the middle of the night quells hunger. Try that!..

Comment #16

Interesting thread.....I used to do that alot over the years. I didn't realize there were alot of us out there, lol.

Let us know what works....I kind of like the idea of the half of a you trick your body into thinking it's getting what it wanted but less calories. At least for a starting ground, if you can't shake the habit all together...

Comment #17

What if you ate your lean and green and 4 Medifast meals before bed, and then when you wake up later, eat your 5th Medifast meal?..

Comment #18

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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