10 Simple Tips to Avoid Late Night Eating

Eating late into the evening can offset how well your body can rest, repair and recharge. When the body is busy digesting, absorbing and assimilating nutrients at night rather than taking the necessary rest and healing the body requires during sleep hours, you can wake up feeling fatigued and out of sorts.

Here are 10 simple tips of how to avoid late-night eating and create healthy habits:

  1. Don't starve all day. Make sure to eat breakfast, lunch and snacks so you are not ravenous in the evening.
  2. Eat a large dinner before 6:00 PM. This will give you a feeling of fullness, reduce late-night hunger and prepare your body to slow down and get ready for a good nights sleep.
  3. Increase the fiber in your diet, especially at dinner. Try adding beans or whole grains to keep you feeling full.
  4. Eat slowly and savor the taste of your food. Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you have had enough.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Not only will it help you stay hydrated. It will give you something to do with your hands and mouth.
  6. Satisfy your cravings with a low-calorie alternative like herbal tea, a handful of veggies, or a piece of fruit.
  7. Set a clear food cut off time - Try brushing your teeth at 7:30 pm and designate that as your food cut off time. This is hard at first but gets easier over time.
  8. Keep your life interesting by working on a favorite hobby and NOT watching TV. The ads on TV can subconsciously trigger the impulse to eat. Boredom is your biggest danger to late-night eating.
  9. Keep a diet diary. It is your friend in a weight-loss programme. It helps you keep a track of your diet schedule and reach the target of your balanced diet plan.
  10. Remind yourself that it's normal to feel hungry until all hours at night due to habitually eating late. Breaking this habit is like learning to quit smoking. Remind yourself of your goal to lose 20 or 30 pounds and the key to losing this weight is to STOP late-night eating.

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