Tips to avoid late-night snacking
- Get enough fiber throughout the day. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer, quelling your urge to snack.
- Get enough sleep. Stick to a routine and go to bed simultaneously each night. If you are asleep, you will not be able to raid the pantry.
- Drink a glass of water. Maybe you are just thirsty and not hungry. Either way, drink the water and wait at least 15-20 minutes to re-evaluate if you are still hungry.
- Brush your teeth. Nothing like that unpleasant first bite of food after brushing your teeth.
- Turn off the TV. There are so many commercials with tempting food. Better to turn the tv off and avoid the temptation.
- Do a dirty job. There is nothing to put you off food like cleaning the bathroom. And it might even make your morning routine more pleasant.
- Decide if you are truly hungry or just bored. Avoid mindless snacking.
- Take a walk. A bit of fresh air may help alleviate the munchies you are feeling.
- Avoid the kitchen. Standing in front of an open cabinet or fridge will only encourage you to have that snack.
- Snack smartly. If you must have a snack, choose something light but satisfying. You do not want to eat something heavy that will interfere with your ability to sleep or ruin your daily calorie count.
The bottom line: If you can prevent snacking and grazing, you will be a step ahead in losing weight.