We’ve all been there.
It’s late. I should go to bed. But binge-watching this TV series on Netflix is so much more fun … I’m kinda hungry … there’s some chips in the kitchen … maybe just a few bites … @#$% How did I eat the whole darn bag?!?!?
Late-night snacking is killing your weight loss goals.
You’re even good all day long; you make a healthy breakfast, pack that salad for lunch and eat a sensible dinner.
But then… the night comes and you’re sitting around watching TV or you’re scrolling on Facebook and you find yourself wandering into the kitchen and having little bits of snacks here and there.
You should be sleeping, but instead you’re mindlessly munching and taking in hundreds of extra calories that are keeping the pounds on and not off.
If you want to get results from your diet and exercise routine, you have to ditch the night time snacking.
Get rid of it. Toss all the snack foods you tend to reach for. If the snacks aren’t there, they can’t be eaten. Plain and simple.
Get busy. Instead of watching TV you’re scrolling on your phone, I want you to try something like reading a book, take up knitting, or start a project. Keeping your hands and your brain occupied leaves less time and energy to focus on food. If you’re really up for it, maybe get busy with your partner too. 😉
Get a new routine. After you eat dinner, you want to send a signal to your brain that you’re done eating for the day. The best way to do this is to brush your teeth. No snacks sound very appetizing when you’re minty fresh.
Get to bed. Many times we’re up mindlessly snacking and watching TV because we are avoiding going to bed, because the sooner we go to bed, the sooner morning comes. When morning comes we have to adult. And that’s hard, and tiring. If we stay up late we postpone having to adult. Stop putting off the inevitable. Just like you tell your kids they need to go to bed, tell yourself the same.
To stop the late-night snacking you must re-program your routine. If you typically have dinner, then veg out for a couple hours and end up snacking, try this instead: have dinner, then brush your teeth, put your PJs on, grab a book or your knitting needles and snuggle up in bed with your project. Keep the TV off and the phone away. Work (or read) until you become sleepy. Go to bed.
You can look forward to going to bed because you’re going to enjoy a restful night sleep rather than trying to put off going to bed because you’re trying to put off the morning.
When you wake up you’ll feel more energized without that guilt hangover of the previous night’s indulgence.
And once you’ve broken up with your bad late-night routine, your healthy daytime habits can really start to pay off.