Losing Weight After 60: 5 Ways to Cut Nighttime Snacking

Today, I'd like to talk about the connection between nighttime snacking and losing weight after 60.

I don’t know about you, but, at this point in my life, I really don’t care what other people think about my weight. At the same time, I do want to stay as fit and healthy as possible – for MYSELF!

And, of course, maintaining a healthy weight is one important aspect of staying healthy after 60.

So, today, I want to share a video that I have recorded on how to cut down on nighttime snacking. I hope you find it useful!

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Do you ever find yourself snacking (or just eating too much) towards the end of the day? What techniques have worked for you when it comes to cutting out nighttime snacking?

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  • M D

    Margaret, I read an article that said people who had a 12 hour period of not eating were successful at losing weight. I had great success cutting out bread, cake, crackers and eating cucumber, celery with hummus and only balanced meals with protein and steamed vegetables. I have fallen off the wagon, but I am committed to climbing back on.


    Good morning ladies. You are absolutely right. I have found eating my biggest meal at lunch very beneficial for losing weight and a better nights SLEEP. Easier if one is retired. No eating three hours before bed. Going to bed early. It is a life style change and being focused on GREAT HEALTH. We are worth it. Good luck ladies.

  • Judie Pollick

    Good morning Margaret! Years ago I came to the realization that we are programmed to eat 3 meals a day even if we’re not hungry. Every morning I eat a big breakfast which consists of plenty of protein & always something citrus. Then I eat again when I’m hungry around 3 in the afternoon never eating a late dinner but will have a snack at night. I really think we need to shed the breakfast, lunch and dinner mentality & eat when hungry. I eat everything but do limit carbs to an extent and do not have a weight problem. Have a terrific day!

  • Gail & Jeff Moore

    Margaret, Thank you for all you do, your the best with wonderful information. I just turned 65 on Oct 12, I am 5’ 9”,..thank you for today’s topic. Love you, GAIL ❤️

  • A Sassy Senior

    This is a great message and approach. I am going to try it. You look beautiful in that color.

  • Cathi Scholl

    I have been eating healthy and 2 small meals a day for 5 months, nothing after 3 in the afternoon. I have lost 29lbs and have 10 more to go. Anyway you slice it losing weight after 60 is very slow and difficult! You just have to stick to it and have fun buying smaller clothes!

  • Christina Stavrou Bachman

    I am planning to try Keto with intermittent fasting. I am 5’2″ and need to lose 30.

    • suzette macey

      I am on zero carb eating with a weekly ‘happy’ day. I do not need to lose weight, but do Keto to reduce pain from inflammation. It works well and good luck in however you choose to work this lifestyle into your life. Don’t let anyone tell you it has to be done in any particular way … do what works for you!

    • Shelley Van Houten

      I just read about intermittent fasting, and joined a group to start on Nov.1. 🤓🙏🏼

    • Christina Stavrou Bachman

      @Shelley Van Houten where are you and what is the group?

  • suzette macey

    Good morning Margaret. Thank you for this video on weight management at our age. Like yourself, I don’I really care what people say about my food or about my weight which fluctuates. I enjoy food and often eat too much. So what? Another issue: Please tell me where I may ask you a question that is out of context from the posted videos. I’m new and unsure about protocol and where to ask questions. I was watching a video you posted awhile back. You mentioned speaking with a slightly ‘pushy’ person selling anti-wrinkle creme. I respect the fact that you spoke to this person and helped them understand our point of view on aging and how we want to feel about it. I am unsure where to post this comment .. i.e. my own problems with sellers of youth cremes and that sort of thing. I get very upset when sellers who obviously have had major plastic surgery (their own choice of course) and look around 40 — their real age is 63 — due to using this particular anti-aging creme. It horrifies me that young women have no idea of what a real mature woman looks like. Would you consider doing a video on this issue? Am I the only one who is disturbed by this deception?

    • Sixty and Me

      Thanks Suzette for joining in the conversation and for your kind words. I think a video that explains to older women how they can be a mentor and inspiration to younger women is a good one!

  • Joan Hendrix

    I believe this message was spot on. We eat a big, healthy breakfast around 9; hot lunch around 2 or 3; very light meal around 5. As in a smoothie or bowl of soup, small glass of red wine and 1 oz of dark chocolate. After that nothing but water or herbal tea. It’s worked for us, but visiting family or friends throws us out of whack! Exercise is for muscle-tone and metabolism, as well as heart and lung function, not directly for weight loss. Eat real food, dump the junk. Yay!

  • Diane Greyson

    I finally found two things that work! Easy too. After 60, none of the old tricks work, aging is a new planet and I was horrified at steady weight gain and loss of my slender wardrobe…could NOT stop it! As you suggested, the 12 hour fast is one. 7pm to 7am, and you’re sleeping most of that. How to stop snacking after 7? Eat your good fats for dinner, fats satisfy for a long time. I’m still amazed I don’t snack any more and especially that I don’t even think of it any more because I’m full. One example: eggs with a drizzle of salsa, sprinkled with shredded cheese, and avocado slices. I eat no sugar and no processed foods now. Carbs just make me hungry for more carbs. Miraculously halted the frustrating weight gain in it’s tracks, reversed and now I’m back in my sweet wardrobe. I can’t get away with eating like I could for decades with a young body, I’ve had to challenge my old ideas about food and change. Change or drag around a maddening big uncomfortable body with me. I’m SO thankful, after trying everything under the sun, to have found something that works for me! It’s called intermittent fasting. And low carbs. Thanks, Margaret. Diane

  • Connie Murphy

    OVER 70 STILL GLAMOROUS good morning sweet lady. I only eat when I,m hungery and then iits been mainly hardy soups and I,v lost 6 lbs. without trying.(thank you lord) connie

  • Suzie Wratten

    I can’t eat my dinner at lunchtime, on the rare occasions when I have I just feel bloated all afternoon ! I was a stone lighter when I was working as I did a physical job but when I retired the weight crept on, not because I was eating more in fact I was eating less but not being as active and arthritis has stopped me walking as much as I would like too. I eat around 7 my main meal and in the evening I eat a banana and 4 squares of dark chocolate. I have stayed the same weight for years now, I would like to lose the extra stone I gained but can’t see it happening 😀

  • 4heartandsoul

    I try to never eat after 5:00 and often before then and have cut back to two meals a day since retiring. But, I have a big meal in the afternoon between 12:00 and 4:00 and always eat a light breakfast. No set schedule. A piece of chocolate – just a small piece about the size of my fist (just teasing😁) – a small piece of chocolate and a cup of tumeric tea with honey has helped get through the evening without snacking. About 4 months ago I began a very disciplined exercise program 3 to 4 times a week with a little strength training and some cardio out of necessity. It helps me feel my best. It’s really helping with weakness from head to toe arthritis to exercise to stick to exercise and do it most days of the week – even though I sure don’t like it. But it has truly helped.

  • Suzan Peters

    Try going “Keto,” ladies! Please research and enjoy. xo Margaret, you are adorable. Now, I’m going to take a listen! I don’t usually comment 1st. 😂

  • Valerie

    Really like your videos. Could you raise the volume some? Thank you!

  • Shelley Van Houten

    Hi Margaret! You are looking beautiful in coral! Love your cheeks and lipstick color as well as top. So, I just heard about intermittent fasting and will start in earnest on Nov. 1. I’m not hungry in the morning. Usually combine breakfast and lunch, then an early big dinner. I watch tv with a cup of tea or coffee, some homemade yogurt or applesauce, or Oreo Cookies!, ugh! I will commit to cutting off calories by 8. That’s early for me!, so each day I will be on an intermittent fast for around 16 hours. In fact, I fasted for about 18 hrs today, then I ate about 9. Not too many calories, but my timing is waaaay off!, 🤦🏼‍♀️🙄

  • Jo Ann Good

    Very helpful topic, I look forward to reading the article you mentioned. I enjoy the adult coloring books as well, they have gorgeous pictures!

  • Louise Mackay

    Thanks for another great video Margaret. I used to love eating in the evenings and felt I couldn’t sleep on an empty stomach. I developed acid reflux and had a very bad spell but after research discovered you shouldn’t eat after 7.30pm. As we get older reflux is very common and acid leaks into the oesophagus and damages the tissue often with few symptoms. Mine started with a hoarse throat every morning! Anyway it’s so much better for us to avoid food from mid evening and avoiding stomach issues is a very good incentive to resisting snacking! And I do sleep well on an empty stomach contrary to my old beliefs! Love your blusher is it Nars powder blush? You glow every day!

  • Sonya W.

    Hello Margaret! Thank you for your videos. They are encouraging yet calming. It’s nice to have some information and techniques aimed at our specific demographic rather than our having to adapt another generation’s tips. Very nice. About the 7pm cutoff for eating, yes, it’s a good idea and one that I believe, works. There are times, though, that the pantry still ‘calls my name’ after that! I have found that BRUSHING MY TEETH is a wonderful deterrent to keep me from eating! Who wants to brush their teeth AGAIN before going to bed? So after 7pm, if you’re still struggling with those nagging munchies, try the teeth brushing technique. Thanks again!

  • Rachel Hester

    Hi Margaret I’m 5’10” with a small frame. I’m 66 and never had a weight problem until I hit my 60s. I weight 170 lbs which is ok for my height but I feel my best when my weight is around 150. My weight gain has been around my middle. I like my clothes to fit so elastic has become my friend (I don’t like elastic) my problem is I have a hard time sleeping at night and I want to eat. I normally don’t get hungry until 3 in the afternoon so it seems I’m doing things backwards.
    You and the other ladies have some good advice. I’m so glad I found your channel. Hopefully some of these tips work for me. Thank you all 😁