An excerpt from Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food: A Five-Point Plan for Success. Copyright © 2018 by Arlene B. Englander. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved.
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep weight off realizes that evening can be the make or break time of day in terms of permanent success.
Consider this. In my community there currently is a radio-based advertising campaign touting the effectiveness of a weight loss formula that I will refer to as the Weight Loss Answer. This liquid, taken at bedtime, is to be consumed on an empty stomach. The purchaser is told not to eat or drink anything for three hours before drinking the “miracle product,” which will melt pounds away regardless of whatever is eaten during the day. The radio announcer who is advocating this product sounds somewhat manic (a side effect of the product or the promotional fee?) and swears that he has shed over twenty pounds in about six months.
And now I’m going to tell you a money-saving secret. If you keep a journal of everything you eat all day, and are especially scrupulous about writing everything you eat in the evening, chances are that 20 to 30 percent of your day’s calories are consumed not in the day, but at night! By deducting most, if not all, of the calories ingested in the evening, you can probably make your own “miracle,” and keep your hard-earned money.
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