10 Tips to Curb Late Night Snacking
Are night time trips to the kitchen sabotaging your best efforts during the day?
If so, here are 10 simple tips to keep you from derailing after dinner (and keep your on track for your weight loss goals)
1. Don’t Skip Meals. Depriving yourself during the day almost guarantees you’ll be ravenous in the evening. Make sure to eat balanced meals and snacks throughout the day and eat most of your calories before 6 pm. A balanced meal includes clean protein, healthy carbohydrates and healthy fats. Here is my favorite recipe book for easy family meals. Don’t have time to cook? Try crock pot meals.
2. Allow Daily Indulgences. Along those lines, allow yourself a small treat during the day. If you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a piece of fresh fruit or a sparking fruit flavored water. For chocolate lovers, 1-2 squares of dark chocolate can satisfy your indulgence needs.
3. Post Your Goals. Whether it’s to lose 15 pounds or to be strong and well-nourished for an upcoming race, write your goal and post it in places you’d normally go to find snacks. Or, clip a picture or inspirational quote that speaks to you and pint it up!
This serves as a powerful reminder of what you ultimately want for yourself.
4. Write It Down. When you keep a food journal, you become more mindful of what you are putting in your mouth. You’ll be less likely to want to create a new night time entry that lists a bag of chips if you see how well you ate all day long.
5. Clear the Pantry. If it’s not there, you can’t reach for it in the evening. Sweep the kitchen of temptations!
6. Keep Boredom at Bay. Feeling bored and mindless munching often go hand-in-hand, so plan engaging after-dinner activities that make you feel satisfied instead of trashing your weight loss goals. Note that many TV commercials are food-focused and can trigger cravings, so shut off the tube to avoid the urge to snack. Instead read a book, take a shower, listen to music or journal with a cup of herbal tea.
7. Go for Water. Many times when you think you are hungry, you are actually thirsty, so reach for water before food and see if that quells your appetite. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice to give it some zing! Or, make herbal tea with raw honey your sweet evening treat.
8. Suck on Candy. If a craving for sugar is strong, allow yourself to suck on one piece of all-natural candy or chew a piece of all-natural gum to keep your mouth occupied. The distraction will fool your body into thinking it’s getting a treat that’s much bigger.
9. Brush Your Teeth. You’d be surprised at how this works! When your mouth feels minty fresh, there’s often no desire to muck it up with food.
10. Plan Your Snack. If despite your best efforts, late-night eating persists, have a plan in place. Enjoying a little protein such as almond butter, a few tbsp of yogurt or a chunk of cheese will keep your blood sugar more stable over night.
By doing this, you can transition to healthier options that become a habit! And keep your weight goals in check!
Your Wellness Expert,
Have a Good Night!