We know that eating close to bedtime is not good for our bodies or the waistline.
The closer we eat to bedtime, the more likely we are to store those calories or eat in excess.
It can be a tough challenge to overcome, but follow these doable steps to a new you.
5 Steps to Eat Less at Night
- Eat enough earlier in the day. Don’t let your body clock get confused and shift to eating too much later in the evening. Focus on eating more at lunch and breakfast. Making lunch your “biggest” meal can help some. This helps to make sure that in the evening you are not feeling excess hunger, and can prevent overeating.
- Eat a balanced dinner. Follow the rule of half a plate of vegetables, one quarter a protein source, and the other quarter a healthy carbohydrate source. By doing this, you will feel more satisfied.
- Allow yourself one post-dinner snack. The trick is to eat this snack or dessert right at the end of dinner. This acts as a signal to the brain that you are finished with your food intake. Move on with the night, and focus on other tasks or relaxation that does not involve food.
- Choose a new nighttime routine. If you would normally grab a snack at a certain hour, replace it with a new habit or behavior that does not involve food. Start a new hobby, craft, or relaxation technique. Try doing things with your hands like knitting, journaling, or a puzzle. Anything goes!
- Brush your teeth. As simple as it sounds, this can be one of the best techniques. When you are finished with dinner, brush your teeth about an hour after to prevent you from snacking on more food. Who wants to brush their teeth again?
Do you have any tricks you use to stop excess snacking?
If so, please share them below
Coastal Integrative Health
Brian S. Lank