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Tips to Avoid Night time Snacking
You may have excellent willpower all throughout the day to stick to your diet plans and exercise routine; however, as the evening approaches, your hunger pangs grow and things go haywire. If so, you aren’t the only one. In fact, night-time snacking is quite common. One of the reasons may be because you are less busy and so indulge in mindless eating; you might have also created a pattern of habits that you are finding it difficult to break, including eating while watching TV or browsing the Internet, having desserts post dinner, etc. There are many physiological factors involved too that signals your body to crave for foods at night. According to a recent research, your internal clock causes an increase in your hunger when the clock strikes 8 p.m. Also, because you are awake during the hours when you use artificial light, you tend to eat more. Let’s look at some tips that you can implement to break this cycle.
1. Practice Mindful Eating: Often, we eat mindlessly while doing multitasking – eating dinner while checking emails, watching television, etc. The trick is to take away all the distractions and create a ritual for having dinner that involves switching off the TV/computer, sitting at the dining table and eat slowly, enjoying your food.
2. Break the Pattern: Figure out ways to keep yourself busy in the evening. While preparing dinner, you can chew on a piece of gum and while watching TV, you can do simple tasks like folding the laundry, sorting out your bills… anything that would keep your hands busy.
3. Consume rich breakfast/lunch: It is important to have the largest meal at breakfast or lunch so that you can use the energy more efficiently to do the daytime tasks. People who have a rich breakfast/lunch weigh less and are healthier than those who have a heavy dinner.
4. Plan your Dinner Ahead of Time: It is recommended to plan your last meal of the day before hand; you can keep pre-cut vegetables to use for dinner. This way you can think of healthier and lighter options.
5. Sleep Early: Instead of sitting late at night, plan your bedtime early to keep your appetite-regulating hormones in check and to have a good, sound sleep.
Take these steps to prevent late-night munching and stay fit.