There it is…the growling groan of an empty stomach along with that uncomfortable lurching feeling it always creates. While hunger pains are an obvious sign that you are not overeating, they do not always come at an ideal time. For example, the late night cravings that force you to head for the kitchen are often times when you don’t make good food choices.
So, how do you curb the urge for late night snacking? Let’s take a look at ten good tips:
- Eat your daily servings of fruit – Why? It may surprise you to learn that your urge to eat late at night is due more to a desire for a hit of sugar, or because you simply crave something sweet. Eating a bit of fruit with each meal and at snack times will often cut down on the urge for sugary sweets.
- Eat a good dinner – There is a fine line between a good dinner and a big dinner. If you plan out your meals each day, you can eat a well balanced dinner that leaves you satisfied without also interfering with things such as weight loss plans. Skipping dinner is a primary cause for late night eating.
- Go for herbal tea – If that late night craving drives you to the kitchen, go ahead and snack but make it on a cup of fruit flavored herbal tea. The sweetness of a berry flavored tea is often enough to stop your search for a snack. Be sure it is decaffeinated!
- Go for water – Hydration is one way to cut down on the urge to overeat. In fact, many late night eaters are actually thirsty and not hungry at all. If you find you cannot sleep and keep thinking of the fridge, sip some icy water and that urge will soon disappear.
- Brush and floss – Oral hygiene is a good way to deter your taste buds and cut down on the desire to eat.
- Do some exercise – When you can’t sleep and really want to eat, the best thing to do is move around a bit. Boosting heart rate often drops the urge to snack.
- Use your hands – Whether you play a game, make a craft, or write in a journal, you can often distract the brain from its urge for food by putting your hands to work.
- Don’t buy it – Don’t self sabotage by stocking the kitchen with “must have” snack foods. Often, if it isn’t there you won’t even think about it.
- Determine if it is boredom or hunger – Millions of people mistake boredom for hunger.
- Post a goal – Do you have a reason not to eat? A diet? A fitness goal? Post it in plain sight on the fridge! That will often stop you in your tracks.
There you have ten good ways to dodge the late night snack monster. Good luck!