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We're all guilty of late night munchies at some point. Here's why it's bad and the 5 best ways to stop it.
5 Best Ways to Stop Late Night Cravings
Many people find themselves eating long after dinner or even late into the night, even when they aren't hungry.
Nighttime eating usually causes you to eat more calories than you need and can lead to weight gain among other issues. Read more on why eating late at night is bad here.
Here are the 5 best ways to stop late night cravings:
1. EAT REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Eating at planned intervals throughout the day can help keep your blood sugar stable. This helps prevent feelings of ravenous hunger, tiredness, irritability or a perceived lack of food, which can lead to a binge.
Studies find that those who eat 3 or more times per day have better appetite control and lower weight.
2. PLAN/DEVELOP A ROUTINE
Planning your meals can reduce the chances that you will eat on impulse and make poor food choices. Having a meal plan can also reduce any anxiety about how much you are eating and help you spread your food throughout the day.
Developing a routine will help your body in it's battle of keeping hunger at bay. Our superfood detox bundle below comes with a FREE eating & exercise guide which includes a meal plan based on your dietary preferences.
3. INCREASE YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE
Eating high protein foods throughout the day like eggs, chicken, almond and oats to name a few, could help curb your late night hunger.
One study found that eating frequent high-protein meals reduced cravings by 60% and cut the desire to eat at night by half.
4. DON'T KEEP JUNK FOOD IN THE HOUSE
Take any unhealthy junk food that you are sure to binge on, out of the house. And don't buy them as often. Instead, stock up on healthy alternatives such as fruits, nuts and seeds.
Our favourite is yogurt with a spoonful of our powder blends for truly satisfying hunger with more nutrients.
Anxiety and stress are two of the most common reasons why people eat when they aren't hungry. However, using food to curb your emotions is a bad idea.
If you notice that you eat when you are anxious or stressed, try to find another way to let go of negative emotions and relax.
Relaxation techniques you may find useful include breathing exercises, meditation, hot baths, yoga, gentle exercise or stretching.
It's always best to wrap up your eating atleast 1.5-2 hours before bed.
Eating late at night can lead to weight gain and munching on the wrong foods at this time can often lead to worse health problems.
Try some of the best ways to stop late night cravings above.
If you feel it's an ongoing issue that interferes with your health, be sure to seek both emotional and professional support.
But if you must satisfy those cravings at all costs, check out this list of the best things to eat before bed. Good night!
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