5 Ways to Stop Eating After 8 p.m.

5 Ways to Stop Eating After 8 p.m.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Brush Your Teeth

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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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Definitely agree with guest2013. It takes you a whole page to answer the question and get to the point. A simple answer would have been: After 8 p.m. eat snacks that will aid your metabolism while sleeping (ie. veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats). Plus here are some suggested tips:........

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I wish the writer would get to the point. I had to skip back and forth in the article to get the answer to 'what happens to your metabolism.' Just tell us what happens in a straightforward way, *then* follow up with creative writing, rather than the other way around . :--)

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