Break your late-night snacking habits and give your metabolism a boost.
By: Summer Saldana
We have all heard the warning of never eating after 8 p.m. or you’ll gain weight. Turns out, this idea has more to do with counting your calories — not controlling your metabolism. Even so, here are some ways to avoid adding those end-of-the-day calories, as well as what to do if you just can’t avoid that late-evening snack.
- Eat a Full and Satisfying Dinner
Most people hit their daily caloric intake requirements by dinner, so having a set time to stop eating might stop you from consuming more than you should. And keep you from eating out of boredom.
- Drink Tea
Create the habit of making a nightly cup of hot herbal tea instead of reaching for a snack. Not only can herbal tea soothe and calm you, but it can curb cravings and hunger. Try out different options such as chamomile, lemon or caffeine-free green tea. And remember: sometimes hunger pangs are actually signs of dehydration.
- Brush Your Teeth
If all else fails, brush your teeth! After a good brushing, it signals to your brain that your bedtime routine has started. Plus, nothing you eat will taste delicious enough to keep eating.
- Go to Bed at a Reasonable Time
Sometimes staying up will cause you to eat out of boredom instead of just getting a good night’s rest.
- Plan a Nighttime Carbohydrate-free Snack
If a nighttime snack is something you just can’t let go of, it’s not the end of the world. Your metabolism doesn’t actually shut down at night; just be sure to make good food choices like lean proteins, vegetables and healthy fats instead of ice cream, cookies and cake.
Use these tips to create a routine that breaks your late-night snacking habits and helps you feel better all around. Do you have any tips for curbing late-night cravings? Share them with us in the comments below!
Summer is the author of the popular blog Le Musings of Moi, which covers fashion, décor, style, parenting, health, fitness and whatever else interests this mother of two in SoCal. She also writes for Mommalogues and frequently posts videologues to YouTube.