Ever Wonder What Causes Late Night Cravings?


Man Reaching for a Late Night Snack

It never fails. You make the decision to go on a diet, you buy healthy foods and toss out the junk, and you start a fitness program. You're excited and motivated to start your journey. But early on something happens. You get hit with intense hunger cravings late at night that have you binging on anything you can get your hands on. What is going on? Why does it feel like your body is working against you?

To some degree, it is.

As with many other problems in life, hormones are the culprit, or at least partly the culprit. In this case, ghrelin is to blame. This hormone is responsible for triggering the hunger center of your brain, and has a special fondness for sweet and fatty foods, which is why you are craving cakes, muffins and cookies.

The problem with giving in to these cravings is that late night isn't the time to eat food, especially high-calorie food. Since you are wrapping it up and going to bed, you'll not have the opportunity to burn any of these calories, and they will most likely be stored as fat.

So what should you do?

First, be sure you are getting adequate calories. If you are dieting too strictly, you'll have even worse cravings. Second, be sure you are drinking lots of water. Finally, be sure you are getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is a big trigger for ghrelin.

If you are struggling with late night cravings and just have to have a snack, be sure to choose a snack that is low in sugar and high in protein. Keep the snack small and healthy, and save higher calorie snacks for early in the day (dessert for breakfast?) this way, you'll be able to burn the calories off throughout the day.

If you would like more tips on healthy eating and weight loss, contact Metabolic Research Center today. They can help you lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Get a customized plan that will help you achieve your goals without depriving or starving yourself!

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