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  • Writer's pictureKym Campbell Hanson

5 Ways to Tackle Night Time Snacking

Updated: May 11, 2021

Probably one of the most challenging topics I hear from my clients and or most talked about is Night time snacking.

If you are craving a treat or a meal after dinner or later in the evening , ask yourself why and respond with an honest answer.

Is there an issue that needs addressing, such as stress, an illness or lack of sleep, or are you simply making excuses for yourself?

Knowing the root cause will help you rectify any problems and prevent a similar situation from arising again.

Here are 5 tips to stop night time snacking from sabotaging your weight loss?

1) Identify the cause

Some people eat most of their food late in the evening or during the night. To change this habit, you need to identify the cause of the problem.

Nighttime eating may be the result of overly restricted daytime food intake, missing meals or snacks because you "get busy" leading to hunger at night.

2) Eat Regularly Throughout the Day.

Eating at planned intervals throughout the day can help keep your blood sugars regulated. It can also help prevent feelings of ravenous hunger, tiredness, irritability or a perceived lack of food, which can lead to a binge.

Eating regular meals and snacks every few hours will prevent you from getting too hungry and will help you manage your cravings and food impulses, especially at night.

3) De-Stress

Anxiety and stress are two of the most common reasons why people eat when they aren't hungry, however, using food to curb your emotions is a bad idea.

If you notice that you eat when you are anxious or stressed, try to find another way to let go of negative emotions and relax. Instead of eating, try to deal with stress and anxiety using relaxation techniques, gentle exercise , meditation or stretching.

4) End Mealtime Madness

Spend a little time planning ahead and grocery shopping for nutritious meals, including breakfast, and snacks throughout the week.

When you eat a variety of foods throughout the day according to your hunger and fullness, you're less likely to overeat at night.

5) Don't Keep Junk Food in the House

If you are prone to eating high-fat, high-sugar junk food at night, remove it from your house. If unhealthy snacks aren't within easy reach, you are much less likely to eat them.

Instead, fill your house healthy options that you enjoy, then when you have the urge to eat, you won't snack on junk. Having fruit or healthy snacks very filling and probably won't cause you to overeat in the case that you do end up becoming ravenously hungry in the evening.

If you would like to learn more and you know you need to make some significant lifestyle changes, but you aren’t sure which direction to take. And you are at a stage in your life where you know that it’s now or never!

I invite you to a complimentary "Weight loss Break through Session" to create a weight-loss and wellness strategy for the rest of your life.

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