Are you a late night snacker? I love to have popcorn when I watch a movie or tv show with the family.
Popcorn is healthy, right? Isn’t that better than eating ice cream or chips? Well, yes and no.
Eating late at night is a not good for your health.
Why should you not eat late at night?
- You usually eat more calories. Calories that you consume at night usually go straight to fat stores instead of being burned off like they are during the day.
- You should go to bed instead. Sleep is important for a healthy life, so if you feel like you want to snack it might be time to hit the hay instead.
- Your stomach needs time to digest your dinner. You should eat dinner about 2-3 hours before bed, and then stop eating so your body can digest the food you have eaten.
What to do instead?
- Eat more at dinner-If you are that hungry not long after dinner, you may need to just eat more at dinner to balance the extra calories.
- Go to sleep-As mentioned above, you may just be stressed and sleep will be better for you than extra food you don’t need.
- Drink water-“They” say that when you think you are hungry, you are usually just thirsty so drink some water before you reach for a snack.
- Keep you hands busy with other activities-Do you like to crochet or play cards? Keeping your hands busy may help you not eat as much after dinner.
- Don’t keep trigger foods in the house-You know what your favorite trigger foods are. By not buying them, you are helping yourself make a difficult decision later.
- Eat more protein throughout the day-Protein keeps you fuller longer, so by adding protein throughout the day, you will stay full all day.
If you think you must snack at night, here is a great infographic from www.livestrong.com with healthy snack ideas for night time.
Self control and moderation are a big part of living a healthy lifestyle. By trying not to eat snacks after dinner, you are helping your body perform better and more efficiently.
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How to Stop Late Night Snacking @ She Fit
5 Late-Night Snacking Mistakes @ Popsugar Fitness
16 Snacks That Are OK to Eat at Night @ Livestrong
How do you curb your late night cravings? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks!