Late Night Snack Demons Sabotaging Your Diet?
night snacking is the downfall of many a diet plan and can
ruin the best intentions to stay on track to lose weight.
Research has shown that our inhibitions are lower at night,
making it much harder to avoid things we know are bad for
while a well-planned snack can actually be a good thing if
it’s during the mid-morning or mid-afternoon to help spread
out calories and give the body a little metabolism jumpstart
and energy boost, a late night snack can be lethal to your
weight loss plans.
know it’s bad for us – what can we do to overcome it?
are a few tips that may help you:
Brush Your Teeth
Yes – brush your teeth! This helps curb the appetite and
your dentist will thank you too!
Starve All Day = Eat All Night!
Be sure to eat enough
throughout the day so that you don’t feel hungry at night.
Starving yourself during the daytime makes you even more
hungry in the evening that sets you up for the inevitable
binge that’s bound to occur. Small, healthy meals during
the day will also help your overall diet by keeping your
Drink Instead of Eat. If
you really feel hungry, don’t automatically reach for food.
Try drinking hot water or tea to help soothe your appetite
as well as fill your stomach somewhat. Obviously, you don’t
want to drink anything with caffeine, or you won't be able
to sleep for the next few hours! Avoid fruit or sweetened
drinks like the plague - orange juice may be healthy, but
all the sugar in it isn't good for you – or your blood
Stay Busy throughout the evening.
If your downfall is snacking
while being a couch potato – get off the couch! Try going
for a walk which will curb the craving and burn calories
Replace Junk Food with Healthy Snacks.
If you absolutely have to
have that late night snack, then make a conscious effort to
make sure it’s a healthy snack. Turn your house into a junk
food-free zone to help keep temptations at bay. Store only
those foods that are healthy for you. Fruits and vegetables
are obvious choices that fill you up for relatively few
Make sure that the dinner you eat is “protein-heavy” to help
stop the carb cycle. The
protein helps stop the craving for carbs and levels out your
7. Portion out snacks.
Portion control is the secret of weight maintenance. All
foods can fit into a healthy diet, but only in a serving
size that makes sense for your goals. For example, 1 oz of
walnuts (small handful) has about 189 calories; the whole
cup (8 oz) can have a whopping 1480 calories!
8. Learn to differentiate
between hunger and boredom.
Are you really hungry or just needing something to occupy
your hands while you…..?
9. Set a snack time limit
– for example, promise yourself that you will not snack
after 7pm – and then stick to it!
Make the effort
to break the cycle!
Only you can take action and make the decision to change your late night
snack habits. Remember – all habits can be broken and
replaced with new habits. Create a healthy habit and keep
repeating it so that your new plan becomes "routine'. Once
you see the difference how much your health improves, this
helps motivate you to continue, and wishing you had started