One Month Challenge: No Eating After 10 p.m.

[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. Last month Charlotte gave up coffee. This month, Melissa’s going to stop her late night snacking. Can she do it!? Could you?]
Oh, the wonderful world of late night eating. Whether it’s 2 a.m. pizza or that leftover Chinese food during your favorite nighttime shows, late night eating goes with college like studying goes with college. Except we actually, uh, do it. So, yeah, bad analogy.
Now, I don’t mean to sound like a party pooper, but get this: according to the New York Times, a 2009 Northwestern University study found that late-night eating does lead to weight gain.
Are you really surprised? The drunken munchies, the nighttime study snacks, or the boredom eating that so often takes place on college campuses definitely contributes to college weight gain. Something that I don’t want. So, when I was presented with this challenge, I asked myself — “Hey, if those things all lead to weight gain, why not just not do them?” Seems easy enough, so I accepted the challenge. And one day in, as I sit watching my 10 p.m. TV, dying for a snack to nosh on, I ask myself another question:
“Why the heck did I agree to this?” Oy.
For the next month, I will not eat anything after 10 p.m. No snacks, no treats, no little, teeny bites. Once the clock hits 10 p.m., the fridge is closed and so is my mouth.
And it’s definitely going to be a challenge. How am I going to survive my single status on Valentine’s Day night without watching The Notebook and eating chocolate with my best friends? How am I going to fuel my late-night study sessions? And worst of all — how am I going to resist the social midnight snacks when all of my friends are eating them?
These are the questions that plague me right now. And you know what else is plaguing me? The growling in my stomach.
But I’m going to make it through this month. And when I do, I’m going to come out healthier, with a better understanding of why I choose to snack late at night. Am I bored? Am I tired? Do I genuinely need to fuel my body at late hours? I don’t really know, but I’m pretty excited to find out. At least that’s what I keep telling myself as I watch my roommate down a bag of chips…
So as I take on this challenge, I invite you to eat a bowl of ice cream for me in your pajamas. Or, if you’re up to it, PLEASE join me! I’m going to need some serious support.
Thank goodness February only has 28 days.
You gonna join Melissa on this journey? Got any advice? Insight? Ideas? Sound off! She needs you.

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