Are you a regular victim of the late night snack attack? Do you mindlessly munch on chips or dive head first into a pint of ice cream?
Research that was done at Harvard and the Oregon Health & Science University suggests that our natural body clock, also known as the circadian rhythm, programs us to reach for sweet, starchy, and salty foods in the evening.
This type of late-night eating might have helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce, but today it’s only can contribute to widening our waistline.
So how do you fight these late night cravings? It starts at the breakfast table, says a registered nutritionist and nutrition consultant Rachel Begun. Research demonstrates that breakfast eaters are less inclined to be overweight or overeat later in the day.
Therefore, no more skipping out on the first meal of the day. To keep from opening the fridge when the sun goes down, get enough protein and fiber during daylight hours, you will feel fuller longer. Ensure that your dinner is balanced and that you do not eat it too soon.
Also, turn off the Television, tablet and mobile Telephone earlier in the evening. Too much screen time is linked to mindless eating. And keep a food diary. If, however, you do ever find yourself snacking or craving a snack, write down what you eat and how were feeling at that time. It could be stress or boredom sent you running to the pantry. Next time, draw a calming bath or reach for a good book in place of the cookies.
If you try those things and you are still craving food, drink a large glass of water or munch on some celery or other foods that have negative calories, until you can wean yourself off of the late night snacking routine.