Night-time snacking…it’s a common problem with many of my clients. And if weight loss is your goal, then you can really sabotage yourself.
It’s about 8pm, you’re watching television and you get a craving for ice cream or something salty/crunchy, so you head to the kitchen. Sound familiar?
This is what I call mindless eating. You reach for snack out of habit or boredom. True hunger does not produce “cravings.” To reach your health and weight loss goals, it is essential to give up night time snacking.
Dr. Fuhrman clearly states that snacking is overeating, and overeating will sabotage excellent health. Those who nibble consume more calories, and snacking is usually done when not truly hungry.
Here are some tips to help you out:
1. Get rid of all trigger foods. That’s right – throw them out! I promise you will not regret it.
2. Have a cup or herbal tea or water with lemon.
3. If you really are hungry – even a carrot will sound good. Learn to discern the difference between cravings and true hunger. If are truly hungry, then make healthy choices; raw veggies, hummus, a small amount of nuts.
4. When you get that urge head into the kitchen, stop. Take a deep breath and simply tell yourself no. This may sound silly, but it really is an effective way to break the habit of mindless eating.
If you eat healthy, nutrient dense food during the day, then chances are, you are not going to be hungry as the day comes to an end. You’ll eliminate the cravings caused by “toxic hunger” and feel satiated. I recommend that after dinner, the kitchen is closed. Brush your teeth and forget about it. Give your body a chance to digest your meal before bedtime. You’ll sleep better and you’ll give your digestive system a period of rest before your next meal.
Eat Healthy & Thrive