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Ways to stop eating at night
If you are on a diet and wanting to loose weight or you just feel that you are eating far too much late at night then you are in the right place! We have put this article together to help you overcome the late night binge and shed a few pounds in return.
Practically any experienced dietician will stress the importance of not eating at night. During this time, your body’s metabolism naturally lowers and begins to prepare itself for sleep. Eating solid foods at night when your metabolism is lower makes it more difficult for your body to process. So instead of passing through your digestive system as it normally would during the day, it simply sits in your body where it increases the size of your stomach.
The first step in getting rid of late night eating is to get on a routine eating pattern. This means eating a solid 3 meals each day with some occasional light snacking in between them. Contrary to what many people believe, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with snacking when it’s done right and in moderation. Avoid snacking on high-fat, high-calorie foods, as these will increase your body fat. Instead, focus on healthy fruits, fibrous nuts or fresh veggies. Snacking on these healthy food items between meals will prevent you from becoming hungry again during night.
It takes more than just frequent snacking to cut out late night eating, especially if you’re used to eating lots of sweets. One little trick I’ve learned to keep your stomach feeling full is to drink plenty of water. Even though late night eating may lead to weight gain, drinking water has no negative effect. In fact, it will actually work to fill your stomach up and give you the sense that you’re full on food. So, drink a few 8-ounce glasses of water to see how it affects your hunger levels during the night.
Possibly the greatest tip to help curve late night eating is to simply change your habits. Many people snack at night because they’re either bored or they’re used to doing it every night. When you sit down on the couch after a long day at work, what better way to relax than to grab one of your favorite sweet or salty snacks. If this is your mentality, you have to change the way you think about food. Instead of eating food for enjoyment, you need to think of it as the necessary buildings blocks of life. As the old saying goes “you are what you eat” holds true to snacking. If you snack on junk food, it will take a toll on your body and begin to show.
These are just a couple of tips to help curve late night cravings. Remember to eat 3 full meals a day followed by frequent snacking to keep your metabolism up and cravings down. A great trick what I use to help me reduce my craving for food is to chew gum, I have found that in doing so it helps me from eating food and helps me to focus my energy on something else like my running machine!
If you have any tips or ideas to share on your own experience with eating at night please leave them in the comments below I would love to read and see other people’s views.