Since late night eating is such a tough habit to conquer and has such devastating effects I thought more alternatives were in order. Don’t try to overdo anything just keep it simple and remember that the ultimate goal is to avoid and resist the tempting habit of late night munchies. Practice makes perfect!
Alternatives: If you still can’t resist the cravings, then wean yourself slowly by replacing snacking or unhealthy foods with some low cal foods. You can sip on a cup of low calorie, no caffeine herbal tea that will sooth your stomach, eat a small salad or maybe a piece of fruit. But junk food is strictly a no go!
Importance of Breakfast: Most people don’t realize the importance of breakfast and therefore tend to skip it regularly. Research has proven that people who skip breakfast are more prone to eating high calorie foods at night as compared to those who eat breakfast.
Do you feel the urge to reach for things in the refrigerator when it gets dark? Even though you’ve had a fulfilling dinner but still you can’t resist the temptation of eating late at night. It’s one of the worst dilemmas which diet conscious individuals face. Eating late at night is generally not due to hunger, but instead it could be due to things like boredom, fatigue or stress after a long day at work. Breaking this habit is tough enough but there are some things you can do that will help you rid yourself of late night eating forever.
Distract yourself: Usually late night eating is between your dinner and bed time. It’s really important during this time that you participate in what I call distracting activities. Do some activity, take your dog for a walk, read a good book or rest in a hot tub. Whatever you do just don’t sit idle or in front of the TV. Because sitting and doing nothing will trigger your urge for eating.
Eat Regular Meals: Most dieters eat three meals a day and try to resist the temptation of snacking between meals or after dinner. To keep your body working properly and remain satisfied eat three nutritiously balanced meals and two small snacks. In general people starve themselves by skipping meals because they got busy during the day or just got caught up for one reason or another. Then they compensate for it by indulging in late night eating. The important thing to remember is never to eat three hours before your bedtime.