Are you a late night eater? Do you find yourself munching on food an hour or two before bed? If you answered yes, then your diet plan is going to waste.
Late night eating is the main culprit for those who are unable to lose weight despite eating healthily throughout the day.
The crazy thing is that hunger usually isn’t even the reason for late night eating. Boredom, loneliness, habit and dehydration are all to blame.
9 tricks to stop your late night eating habit
1. Brush your teeth
When the urge to snack late at night strikes, go to the bathroom and brush your teeth. Toothpaste has the knack of making foods taste bad, and it will curb your desire to snack. It also works on a psychological level; you know that you can’t snack because you don’t want to go through the whole process of brushing and flossing again.
2. Drink water
One of the best tricks to stop late night eating is to drink more water. Many people confuse thirst with hunger. Water can help fill your stomach up, eliminating the desire to snack. Before grabbing your favourite late night snack, drink a large glass of water first, and then see if the urge to snack is still there.
3. Don’t skip meals
It might be tempting to skip meals, especially when you are overloaded with work, but resist the temptation to do so. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner will go a long way in reducing late night hunger.
4. Keep busy
When you are busy, you have no time to snack. Do some housework, find a new hobby, get started on a project. It doesn’t really matter what you do to keep busy as long as your mind will no longer be focused on food.
5. Keep a food log
Another excellent trick to stop late night eating is to keep a food log. When you start to write down everything you eat, including the type of food, the amount and the calorie content – unhealthy food will have a hard time tempting you.
6. Keep junk food out of sight
If there is no junk food in your house, you can’t eat unhealthily. It’s as simple as that. Instead of struggling with temptation, write a healthy shopping list and stick to it.
If you already have junk food in your house because you have kids, or for whatever reason, then keep it out of sight or place it in a hard to reach place.
7. Keep a picture of your ideal body nearby
This can act as a great motivation tool. Every time you get the urge to snack, just look at the image of your ideal body. This will remind you that the only way to look like that is to cut out the habit of late night eating.
8. Chew Gum
Popping a piece of chewing gum in my mouth is one of my favourite tricks to stop late night eating. This is because a lot of the time we aren’t really hungry; rather, we just want to chew on something. Sugar-free gum is the perfect option.
9. Put the remote down
Watching TV, although entertaining, is a mindless act. When you are watching your favourite TV show, a bag of chips can be devoured all too quickly as you begin to slump down on the sofa.