I have to admit I do most of my eating at night. I have heard for years that late night snacking isn’t good for you and can be a huge factor in preventing weight loss. I’m not necessarily looking to loose weight; however, I don’t really like the feeling I am left with after I scarf down a box of donuts, a bag of Sour Patch Kids, and some chips while never once moving from my couch. This type of junk food is not a “ritual” every night, but you catch my drift.
Wanting a change, I decided to implement these 5 tricks that help curb late night cravings. To be honest, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick to this every night. You’re human, I am human, and we all have our “cheat days”- everything in moderation! That’s why instead of doing my typical Friday Favorites this week, I decided I would do a Fit Tip Friday instead!
Below are my 5 ways to curb your late night cravings.
Drink lots of water! I like to start my day with an 8oz glass of room temperature lemon water before I do anything else. This ritual helps jumpstart my metabolism. I like to drink naturally flavored water because it an easier and more flavorful way to drink my 8 glasses of water a day! We also sometimes confuse thirst pains with hunger pains, so try drinking a glass of water first before you eat something. Give it about 5-10 minutes and you will be surprised that you were actually just thirsty.
- Eat Breakfast:
They weren’t lying when they said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Your first meal sets the tone for the rest of the day. You want to feed your body something healthy so you have enough energy to last till lunch. Trust me, as a girl once liked to skip this meal, I quickly realized that when I began to eat breakfast I actually lost weight and ate less.
Increasing your fiber intake not only fiber helps you get rid of built up “gunk” in your gut, but also helps you feel fuller, longer. Some fiber you can try and incorporate into your meals are broccoli, beans, corn, Chia seeds, and Flax seeds.
- Snack Smart:
What you eat in between your meals is just as important as what you eat during your meals. You want to go for something smaller than what you would eat for a meal, but your choice should also be filling enough to hold you over until your next meal. Here are some snack choices to choose from: apple and a string cheese, banana and 6 almonds, or 1 bag of healthy popcorn.
- Sleep It Off:
I’m not saying if you are starving that you shouldn’t eat and go to bed! Your hunger will keep you up, trust me I know! Sometimes when we are up mindlessly watching TV is the main time we can do the most damage to our waistline. Instead of watching TV, try to draw something or read a book. These types of activities not only help your brain shut down, but also distract your impulse to eat.
What are some of you tips or tricks to curb your late night cravings?