It never fails. Whenever I’m out with family and friends, the topic of weight loss always comes up. The conversation usually starts with, “Don’t judge me for what I’m about to eat“, as if I’m the food police. Truth be told, it’s none of my business what you eat.
As expected, while eating lunch with a friend a few weeks ago, she said, “I need to lose 15 pounds, what do you recommend?”
Among a host of other questions, I asked, “What’s your biggest challenge to losing weight?”
She said, “My biggest challenge is mindless snacking after dinner. I consume an additional 400-500 calories before bed. The funny thing is, I’m not even hungry!” Sounds familiar? I know I can relate!
Here’s the deal. Your body does not need copious amounts of energy at night. After dinner, most of us are done for the day. Once the dishes are put away and the table cleared, we make a beeline for the couch. If this is you, paired with mindless, excessive snacking, you will gain weight, not lose it.
Do you find yourself on the prowl after dinner? Searching through the pantry? Opening and closing the refrigerator?
If so, you’re in good company! If you want to end mindless, late night snacking, try one of my tried and true tips below.
Tip #1: Drink a cup of hot tea
Not only is drinking hot tea soothing, it also occupies your mind. When you’re preoccupied with not burning your tongue, you don’t have time to think about food.
Peppermint Tea Recipe: (contains an Amazon affiliate link)
6-8 ounces of hot water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Honey to taste
Tip #2: Chew gum (contains an Amazon affiliate link)
One of my favorites! It tastes just like cake! (Tip: Sold at Target, possibly Walmart)
Tip #3: Flip through a magazine
Instead of prowling through the kitchen, skim Better Homes and Gardens, Ebony, Essence, Family Circle… I know you have a basket full of magazines nobody reads. ?
Tip #4: Floss and brush your teeth
Not only can flossing and brushing your teeth be good for your waistline, it also prevents plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Tell you dentist hygienist I said, “you’re welcome!”
Tip #5: Set a time boundary
I do not eat past 8 PM unless I’m physically hungry – stomach growling, unable to concentrate, cranky. Setting a time boundary, whatever time works best for you, will give your food enough time to digest before going to bed. You’ll sleep better, and feel better, when undigested food isn’t sitting in your stomach. Moreover, setting a time boundary gives you a goal to accomplish each night. Who doesn’t like to feel accomplished?
//What are your tips for eliminating late night snacking? Which of these tips would best benefit you? Make your presence known in the comments below.