By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Are you a late-night eater? Do you find yourself creeping towards the kitchen cabinets, looking to find your favorite snack? Contrary to popular belief, it is not the time that you are eating at that is bad, but misreading signals given by your hunger hormones.
As your day dwindles down and day turns to night, you tend to relax. You might have had a stressful day at work and all you want to do is sit by the television and watch your favorite sit-com. What accompanies your comfy couch time on a relaxing night? Maybe it’s a glass of wine, a blanket, a nice fire crackling in the fire place, or even some popcorn.
Or maybe, night time makes you anxious. Perhaps you have have a busy day ahead of you and need something to calm your nerves. Most comfort foods have a high fat content and tend to be higher in calories.
But before you just start snacking on anything, be sure that you are actually hungry, and not eating just because you “deserve” it. Think before you put anything into your mouth. Here are a few tips to prevent you from impulsive eating:
- Eat dinner at a later time
- Make sure the kitchen is completely clean and lights are off after your meal
- Go to bed earlier
- Brush your teeth
- Drink a glass of water (thirst is commonly mistaken as hunger)
What are your favorite ways to tame your night time cravings?