YOU HAD DINNER. IT’S ALMOST BEDTIME. SO WHY DID YOU JUST SCOOP OUT A BOWL OF ICE CREAM?
YOUR BRAIN KNOWS late-night snacking is not good for you. But the diet police are not there to help you stay motivated when your stomach starts growling during the evening news.
How can you keep urges to snack under control?
1. STAY NOURISHED. A diet that includes a variety of healthy foods lowers the compulsion for snack foods.
2. GET PLENTY OF FIBER AND PROTEIN. To feel satisfied longer, include both fiber and protein at every meal. For example, add chunks of cooked chicken and steamed broccoli to your pasta.
3. REMEMBER TO REST. Sleep deprivation can cause the body to confuse hunger with tiredness. Seven to nine hours of sleep at night can help.
4. IS IT REALLY HUNGER? Negative emotions can trigger the munchies. Try non-food ways to change your mood. Listen to relaxing music, do something creative, or chat with a friend and see if the urge to indulge goes away.
If you’re truly hungry at the end of the day, have a light, protein-rich snack, such as a few banana slices with natural peanut butter or a handful of almonds.