Whenever I tried to lose weight in the past I always seemed to fail at the exact same time everyday- after dinner and before bed. Sometime between dinner and bed I would consume enough calories to cancel out any calories I cut during the day. It was never one big thing, but lots of little things. A handful of pretzel sticks, some goldfish (bag kind, not tank kind), a cookie or two, and the list goes on. I couldn’t seem to control my night time urge for these foods. So how do you break that bad habit?
Well here are a few strategies that worked for me. Some allow you to eat, some don’t. See what works for you.
First, consume lots of water during and after dinner. I try to drink somewhere between 4 and 6 cups of water during and after dinner.
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Second, keep your produce drawer stocked. So you want to eat, fine, eat some fruit. Grab a peach, a pear, a plum, an apple. You will probably be full long before you take in enough calories to sabotage your weight loss.
Third, exercise at night so you can justify drinking a good protein shake or some delicious tuna before bed.
Fourth, stop staying up so late! If you go to sleep at 9 p.m. then you won’t be eating at 10:30 p.m. Sure, you might have to acknowledge that you are getting older, but so what. Getting to bed earlier makes you feel better, keeps you alert and focused throughout the day, and your body deserves the rest.
Fifth, watch less T.V. Many people eat while they watch T.V., so find a better evening past time. Maybe reading? How about a late walk? There are tons of healthy things you could be doing instead of sitting on the couch watching television and eating Cheetos.
Sixth, eat three meals and two snacks throughout the day. This should help control your hunger by the time the day is over.
I hope these help you overcome the evening munchies.