Many people wonder: Is eating late at night more fattening? Studies have shown that eating late at night does not cause your body to store more fat, resulting in weight gain. In fact some studies have asked subjects to eat only one meal a day right before they go to sleep and found that they still lost weight! Not eating late at night simply reduces the amount of daily calories you consume therefore resulting in weight loss. Get your calculator out because calories count!
10 tips to help you get over midnight munching:
- Resolve not to eat late in the day or after dinner.
- Distract yourself — take the dog for a walk, curl up with a good book, or relax in a hot bath.
- Satisfy your cravings with a low calorie alternative like herbal tea, a handful of veggies, or a piece of fruit.
- Increase the fiber in your diet, especially at dinner. Try adding beans or whole grains to keep you feeling full.
- Increase the protein in your dinner. Recent research suggests that protein has the greatest staying power to keep hunger at bay.
- Limit all eating to the kitchen or dining room, and always eat while sitting down at the table. This helps curb “eating amnesia,” that mindless munching in front of the television.
- Eat slowly and savor the taste of your food. Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you have had enough.
- Start your day with breakfast. People who skip breakfast are more likely to snack impulsively on calorie-laden foods.
- Let your journal be your friend. Use your diet journal to help you track your meals and keep you on target with your eating plan.
Drink plenty of water. Not only will it help you stay hydrated, it will give you something to do with your hands and mouth.
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