Late night snacks
Heading to the kitchen late at night is a common issue for those with poor eating habits. If you find that you are overeating due to not having enough to eat throughout the day, it’s time to start a routine. A little planning and packing can go a long way. Pack healthy snacks that are easy to grab and go.
Get enough protein and fiber throughout the day. Both protein and fiber help us feel full for longer after a meal or snack. When we’re full and satisfied, we are less likely to crave unhealthy, high-carb and high-fat snacks.
Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. Focus on planning healthy meals and snacks to have throughout the day. Eating enough during the day and at regular intervals will help you feel satisfied and not crave food after dinner.
If you’re an emotional eater find ways to de-stress. Try breathing exercises or some light yoga.
Practice mindful eating, especially at dinner. Eating in front of the TV, while playing video games or surfing the Internet can distract attention from what and how much is eaten. It also may reduce satiety signals sent to the brain, causing you to feel hungry quicker than usual. At meal and snack times, turn off the TV and smartphone, sit at the table and enjoy your food so you feel full and don’t want an after-dinner snack.