Most people have one thing in common … LATE NIGHT SNACKING. Late night feeding frenzies is a common problem for people trying to lose a few extra pounds. This late night snacking usually starts a few hours after dinner. While sitting on the couch watching a movie, helping kids with homework, or trying to fall asleep, the dreaded thoughts of hunger enter your mind . Whichever one it is, we have all been there! So, today we are going to give you a few tips to help avoid those late night trips to the fridge.
1. Lots and lots of water
Drinking roughly 60 ounces of water per day is recommended and provides many benefits. The water intake flushes toxins out of your body, keeps your skin clear, and keeps you hydrated. But, another huge benefit, is it is also a quick and easy way to get a “full feeling” and help stop the overeating. This is real important late at night. So, next time, when you are watching that late night movie, put a glass of water next to you and drink up when the urge to eat creeps up!
People have a specific time of the night where they all of a sudden feel hungry or get “bored hungry”. If you eat an early dinner and then find yourself browsing in the fridge or pantry later that evening, try pushing your dinner time back. That way, you stay full later into the evening and can better avoid those late night cravings.
3. Keep a glass of water by your bed
Here we go telling you to drink more water AGAIN! It is really important for so many reasons mentioned earlier, but when you are in bed and feel that hunger pain, how do you know if you are truly hungry or just bored hungry? If you just ate 2-3 hours ago, there is a chance that you are not actually hungry. So, reach over and take a couple big sips of water. This will help fill your stomach and make it realize that you are not actually in need of food.
4. More smaller meals throughout the day
Most people think they should eat 3 big meals a day, but you can also do 5 smaller meals each day. Instead of eating the three traditional large meals, reduce the portion size of these meals and add two healthy snacks between lunch and dinner. Eating every 3 hours before you are “starving” will keep your metabolism up, help prevent overeating, and trick your brain into thinking it is getting more food when instead it is getting the same amount of calories spread more evenly throughout the day.
Our final tip is probably not what you expected. Yes, add a snack during the evening, healthier snacks of course! As mentioned in tip #4, we recommend adding a health snack between meals. Instead of having one of your snacks earlier in your day, you can always save one for after dinner. A good option for your evening snack would be a healthy protein because they take longer to digest, will help you feel full longer and you won’t find yourself aimlessly searching and eating random junk food from the back of your pantry.
We hope you enjoyed all of our tips to help the late night eating curse! If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us so we can help you reach your goals.