No matter how strict we eat during the day, a lot of us still struggle to control our eating habits at night.
It’s easy to mindlessly eat through a bag of chips while watching TV at night or wander aimlessly through the kitchen grazing on snacks.
This leads me to an excellent question I got from a reader. They asked:
I really appreciate you offering to answer questions. I have to admit, my husband and I are trying to get a diet that is healthy and we can stick to. There are so many it is hard to get it right. I was interested in suggestions on stopping late night eating. The afternoon is my time to pig out it seems.
This is a great question! And it’s a concern that I think a lot of us have.
First of all, it’s important to understand that it’s OK to eat at night – as long as you stay within your caloric budget for the day. All the nonsense about not eating after a certain time is just that…nonsense.
With that being said, as I stated above it’s very easy to mindlessly eat a LOT of calories late at night when sitting around watching TV, etc.
Luckily, there are a few simple tips we can try to curb those late-night munchies:
- The simplest tip, yet one I’ve actually found to be effective, is to brush your teeth after your last meal. You’ll be less likely to snack again.
- Eat a protein-rich meal for dinner. This will keep you feeling fuller longer and you won’t be reaching for snacks soon after.
- Remind yourself of your goal when you feel like eating at night. Perhaps post your goal in the kitchen so you see it every time you’re in there.
- Lastly, and what most people don’t like to hear, is that you’re in control of your actions. You obviously know there’s a problem and only you can fix it. Just slowly work on it and remember that slow lifestyle changes overtime lead to extraordinary results!
If late-night eating is a problem you’ve conquered then late us know how you did it in the comments below! And if you have a question you would like to ask feel free to submit them here.