Late Night Cravings — How to Manage Them

Woman Reaches for a Healthy Late-Night Snack

Late night cravings are one of the many ways our body tricks us into eating an extra calorie load before bed. When we eat and how much we eat are two things that people who want to lose weight in a healthy way need to adjust. Here are a few tricks to help you thwart late night cravings.

It is important not to eat right before bed. Most healthy sources say three hours before bed is a no-eating zone. What you can have during that time is water, which our body processes quickly. Many times when we are hungry or browsing for food, our body is sending us subtle hints that we are thirsty. Instead of eating, dry drinking a glass of water. We need 64 ounces of water per day and many of us do not take in enough water. Other options include sugar-free tea, which can also prime your body for bed. Chamomile is a good choice for a late evening tea.

Having your late meal a little later in the day is much better than snacking before bed. Push dinner back an hour and eat at 6:30 or 7 pm. If your bedtime is 10:30 then by the time you enjoy a healthy dessert you will be right on the edge of your three-hour window.

Set Yourself up for Success

Make a little list of cheats for after dinner. These might include a small piece of fruit, a square of dark chocolate, a pickle, or a few baby carrots. Whatever is on the list the idea is that it is small, under 30 calories, and healthy as opposed to cookies, ice cream, and cake. By setting yourself up for success, you gain the upper hand on cravings.

Water is such an important part of our body's function that you can never go wrong when you drink a little more water. Drink some water and then wait ten minutes. If you are still craving food, move onto the safe snacks. Little tips like this help people succeed in losing weight and gaining health. At the Metabolic Research Center, we take healthy weight loss seriously. Our programs are designed to help people who have failed diet after diet to succeed in losing fat, gaining health, and living a quality life. Stop by or call MRC to discuss our proven weight loss methods.


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