How Often Do You See Your Refrigerator Light?
Do you find yourself vacantly staring into your fridge at night? How many times do you end up seeing your refrigerator light? Mindless eating is very common, particularly after dinner when you’re finally able to kick back and relax. Start snacking in front of your TV and you’ll sabotage your weight loss efforts in no time. You need to stay out of the kitchen after dinner or let yourself have a healthy snack – just avoid constantly staring at the refrigerator light throughout the evening.
Why Late Night Snacking is a Problem
So why does late night snacking turn into bingeing? New research shows that the brain isn’t as stimulated by your food at night. This means that you end up snacking more to get the “food high” you want. The study found that you’re more likely to be preoccupied with food later in the day, and since it may not feel as rewarding to eat at that point, you end up eating more trying to feel satisfied.
Healthy Ready-to-Eat Snacks
What can you do to minimize the problem of late night snacking? One of the best things to do is to stock up on healthy, ready-to-eat snacks that you can grab quickly. When you have healthy snacks on hand, you’re less likely to choose unhealthy snacks or hit up your local drive thru for fast food. Pre-cut veggies and fruits make great snacks. You may also want to have ingredients for a quick, healthy meal on hand, such as canned beans, salad ingredients, pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, whole grain pastas, frozen veggies, reduced-fat cheeses, whole grain tortillas, and canned tomatoes.
Avoid 100-Calorie Snack Packs
While 100-calorie snack packs may sound great, many of them are actually devoid of nutrients and packed with refined flour. Skip those 100-calorie packs of cookies and crackers and put together your own snacks. This way you’re sure to get snacks that offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
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