Witching hour done, kids in bed, kitchen cleaned, on the couch settling in for the night and you feel a bit peckish. Or looooong day at work, finally at home, shoes kicked off and finally eating for the day.
Night time snacking can often feel like a reward after a long day at work or with the kids, but it might be the one thing holding you back in reaching your health and fitness goals.
Night time eating is a killer. Especially when your end goal is to lose weight and change body composition… one of my nutrition guidelines in the MBB program is to not eat after 6pm, but sometimes this is definitely easer said than done.
I’ve had clients simply cut eating after a certain time and have found this is the key to their weight loss success, but it often feels like you are off the bandwagon if you “cheat” or have something late at night.
Sometimes it’s even unavoidable.
Here are my top 12 tips to managing night time snacking and might very well be the key to your end goal:
- Ensure you are eating enough calories during the day including snacks – this may sound counterproductive, but if you are ravenous come night time it is REALLY hard to control what you eat
- Have things like frozen mangoes/berries and even frozen grapes on hand – these make for great sweet treats when you feel like something whilst “winding down”
- Reach for a miso soup or other broth like soup
- Have a protein rich and veggie filled dinner to avoid night time cravings
- Hydrate sufficiently throughout the day and at dinner time – sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger
- Go for an after dinner walk instead of rewarding yourself with food and television… this can really be refreshing and great for your mind as well as your body
- Fill your cupboards with the correct food and REMOVE temptation
- Remember the night time eating is probably just habit – if you have eaten enough calories during the day, your body does not NEED a snack right before bed (unless of course you are diabetic and it has been recommended by a medical professional)
- Remember that one or two dark squares of chocolate after dinner are OK – it doesn’t mean the floodgates need to open!
- Drink Herbal Tea at night time
- If you’ve had a light dinner, allow yourself a snack such as fruit or salad with a lean source of protein
- It takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so keep a calendar on the wall to remind yourself of your successes and celebrate them!
With a bit of dedication, commitment and accountability you CAN do this!
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