Ah the good old midnight snack…after a few episodes on Netflix there is nothing better than indulging in that piece of triple chocolate cake when nobody’s around.
But, it can also cause serious harm to your waistline.
Nighttime eating has been linked to obesity, poor health, and excessive calorie intake.
This type of behaviour can be caused by boredom, hunger and binge eating.
Some of us wait until after supper for some ice cream, chocolate chip cookies or chips.
However, studies show it’s not so much about the time of day you eat food, but rather the types of food you actually eat.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you fight off late-night snacking:
Eat The Right Food: If you’re so hungry like you could eat a horse after supper, then you are not eating the right types of food. Protein is known to keep you fuller longer. If you include protein at every meal, your body could reduce your cravings and nighttime eating. Also, add some whole grains and fibers too to keep you feeling fuller.
Stop buying it. The best way to avoid late-night snacking is to simply throw out any unhealthy junk food out of the house. Simply put, don’t bother buying it. Avoid all the middle aisles at the grocery store. If you are serious about quitting the late night food, now would be a good time to let your family and friends know. Let the people around you know what you’re trying to achieve. It can be as simple as asking them not to offer you any sweets treats, or not to eat in front of you.
Go out. Try planning an activity after dinner. Late-night snacking is sometimes due to boredom while watching television so changing up your plans after supper will distract you from eating. Other activities include taking the dog for a walk, reading a book or calling your friend.
Choose healthier versions of your favourites: If you can’t help but crave chocolate or something salty after dinner try making the same junk food but healthier. Healthier alternatives actually fill you up more. Try swapping milk chocolate for dark chocolate (trust me, a small piece goes a long way) or make some banana nice cream. It isn’t about depriving yourself, but rather making smarter choices.
Have Some Tea: Instead of eating try sipping on some hot water or herbal tea. This will replenish your H20 levels, and if you choose to have some tea it will aid in settling your stomach and setting you up for a good night’s rest. Try chamomile or peppermint.
I hope these easy tips help!