Snacking can be extremely beneficial to your health, but it can also sabotage your diet and healthy living. Eating a few small healthy snacks during the day to help curb your appetite and is a great way to keep from overeating.
Many people struggle with eating late-night snacks which contribute to more calories and weight gain. Here are eight ways to stop late-night snacking.
- Set an alarm to remind you to stop eating 2 hours before you fall asleep
A good rule to follow when starting or continuing a healthy eating plan is the 2-3-2 plan. This is where you make sure you eat within two hours of waking up, and then every three hours, and nothing more than two hours before you fall asleep. This is a great way to keep your body fueled and energized.
- Figure out why
It is good to sit back and assess why you are eating so much at night. Figure out if this is due to restricting your diet during the day, or if you get the nighttime blues. This could be as simple as you are comfy and binge-watching your tv shows you missed during the day and you are not noticing how much you are eating. Just make sure you are not binge eating as well. This can lead to many other issues like eating disorders.
- Plan your snacks
Having snacks at night is fine but just like everything else make sure you plan them. Portion them out ahead of time so you know how much you are getting and can avoid overeating.
- Put something in your mouth
As dirty as this sounds it will help you tremendously. Using something like a mouth guard or fluoride that has to sit in your mouth for a period of time will guarantee you can’t eat anything.
- Store your snacks far away
Do not keep your snacks next to your bed where you will have easy access to them. Store them far away from where you have to physically get out of bed and walk to get them. There is a good chance you will be too comfortable to want to get out of bed for the snack and you will think twice before doing it. Also, if you do get up to get them you will have burned some calories on the way.
- Don’t have junk food in the house
The best way to avoid junk food is to not bring it in the house. If you don’t have it near you cant overeat it.
- Get lots of protein
Make sure to include protein in all of your meals. This will help you feel full and satisfied and you won’t crave empty calories later.
- Don’t starve yourself during the day
If you are skipping meals and letting yourself go hungry you will find that you are very hungry at the end of the night which will lead to endless snacking. Make sure to plan your meals and don’t skip them.
Eating junk food late at night can lead to bigger problems but this does not mean that you can’t eat at night. It just means to make wise choices with your food, so you don’t add hundreds of calories to your daily intake. If you are hungry then eat something. If you are bored then find something to do besides eating, and if all else fails, just go to sleep.
Author/Weight Loss Coach