Anyone who’s been on a diet knows that there are just certain food items that you cannot stop eating, no matter how unhealthy it is, or how hard you try to fight your cravings.
For me, that food item is sweetened cereal. Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Nut Cheerios, Vanilla Almond Special K, Life with Cinnamon, the list goes on and on.
I’ve always been a late night junk food junkie. I started my habit of staying up well past the midnight hour back during the 1992 Summer Olympics, in Barcelona. My brother and I used to stay up until something like 2am every night during the Olympics so we could watch boxing. We’d eventually watch Oscar De La Hoya win the gold medal. At the time, my parents had just separated, and my dad didn’t always buy the healthiest of snacks. It wasn’t uncommon to sit up eating Twizzlers and buttery popcorn all night with my older bro.
That probably lead to me being sort of a chunky fella during my teenage years. I was never terribly fat (not until college), but was most certainly overweight for my age, and had a little pot belly. Throughout high school I tried to get to bed before midnight on most nights, but when my brother stayed local for a semester of college in ’99, he brought his late night frat house lifestyle with him, and wreaked havoc on my sleep. Till this day, I’ve never recovered from that. No matter what job I’ve had, what’s going on in my life, school, whatever, I’ve never been able to get to bed before 2am consistently.
Along with the poor sleeping habits, I eat late. It’s not uncommon for me to eat an entire box of cereal right before I go to bed. I will feel this craving just come over me, and I’ll go to the store, buy a box of whatever sweetened cereal they have on the shelf that isn’t like complete and total sugar, and I will just down the whole box in one sitting.
Now you’re probably thinking that’s insane. And you know what, it is. I’m writing this in the late afternoon/early evening, and the idea for the post actually came to me because I just ate about half a box of Honey Nut Shredded Wheat. But I’m pretty full. I don’t even think I’m going to eat dinner tonight, that’s how full I am. Still, I’m going to hit the gym shortly, and burn off a lot of the carbs that I just downed.
My understanding is that your metabolism slows at night, that whatever you eat will quickly turn to fat. I believe it. I think if I was able to knock off this guilty pleasure, I’d drop another 10-15 pounds easily.
Like everyone else, I’m working my way through it.
Just tastes so damn good!
For some people it’s pizza, or ice cream…. I wanna know, what’s your guilty pleasure?