Do you often find yourself reaching for late night snacks? You’re not alone. Late night snacking can lead to hundreds of excess calories and weight gain over time. You don’t need to fall victim to the snacking urges! We’ve put together a list to help you stay the fitness course through the evening.
Set Yourself Up For Success.
- Eat Healthy Throughout the Day. The best way to set yourself up for success and keep from unhealthy eating in the evening is to eat healthy throughout the rest of the day. Studies show that people who eat healthy, wholesome foods during the day are far less likely to eat unhealthy foods in the evening.
- Cut Carbs and Sugar. Foods like chips, cookies, and candy are notorious late night snacking choices. It’s best to keep these products out of the kitchen and reduce them from your diet altogether.
- Boost Protein and Fiber. Increase your protein and fiber consumption throughout the day and especially at dinner to keep you from reaching for late night snacks. Foods such as black beans, broccoli, and lentils are excellent choices to keep your appetite satisfied throughout the evening.
- Set a Timer to Stop Eating. Eating within 2 hours of sleep can encourage excess food consumption and can also lead to waking up with indigestion in the middle of the night. Set a timer to remind you that it’s time to stop eating.
Stay Strong in the Evening.
- Limit TV Time. Snacking and TV seem to go hand-in-hand. Limit the time you spend in front of the TV to help curb mindless snacking.
- Go For a Walk. Take a stroll around the neighborhood to get some extra activity and stimulate your mind. Plus, it’s difficult to snack when you’re a couple of blocks away from the pantry!
- Hydrate. Often we believe we are hungry when in fact we are actually dehydrated. Keep a glass of water by your side all evening to help fight off the urge to snack.
- Be Prepared. Late night snacking is not always possible to avoid. In the case of a snacking urge, keep healthy snacks such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables on hand!