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!