As a nutritionist, one of the most common frustrations I hear from people is that they can’t stop snacking late at night.
Ah yes, the refrigerator calls out to many people in the evening hours and is very unwavering in its efforts to persuade you to partake of its delicious contents.
Unfortunately, for many people this is also the recipe for a widening backside.
If I’ve described you, then I have some great news: You CAN curb those late-night snack attacks and get on the road to a healthier bodyweight!
It’s simply a matter of looking at what may be causing your temptation and then doing something about it!
Here are six common causes of late-night snacking and ways you can help break free from those cravings.
1- You skip meals or starve yourself during the day
If you are one of those people that skips meals or starves yourself during the day to lose weight, please realize that it is coming back to bite you you-know-where.
Drastically limiting your intake or skipping meals slows your metabolism down because your body thinks food is scarce—so your calorie burning rate takes a nosedive.
That’s a recipe for weight GAIN—not loss.
Plus when your body needs nourishment, it will DEMAND nourishment, and it doesn’t care if it’s 2:00 in the morning.
What to do:
Eat three healthy meals a day. If you’re hungry between meals, have protein snacks such as nuts, a piece of meat or a cube of cheese. Properly nourishing your body will minimize the chance of cravings, plus protein snacks will help keep you satisfied and stave off hunger.
And all of this will help encourage weight LOSS!
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2- You watch network TV at night
The power of advertising is extremely strong and fast foods/junk food manufacturers know it.
It’s no coincidence that you see ads for burgers, fries, pizza and donuts in the evening when you’re watching TV.
What to do:
Watch movie DVDs (or Netflix, etc.) in the evening instead. If there are network shows you like, record them so you can fast-forward through the commercials when you watch them.
Or better yet—dust off those old board games, play cards or read a book!
3- You exercise late in the evening
Unfortunately, although exercise is such a health-promoting activity for countless reasons, when you do it too late in the evening, you may cause your inner dinner bell to clang late at night because your body wants to refuel itself.
What to do:
Try to squeeze in your workout earlier in the day if you can. If that’s not possible, have a small protein snack post-workout. Turkey is a good choice because the tryptophan will help you relax and fall asleep easier.
When you're under stress, your cortisol levels are raised and remain high. This causes cravings, especially for starchy and sugary carbohydrates.
What to do:
Having a healthy diet and choosing protein snacks like I mentioned above can help, but it’s also crucial to deal with your stress.
We all have occasional stress, but chronic stress can take its toll on your health in numerous ways over and above late-night cravings and weight gain.
Do whatever it takes—see a therapist, exercise, do deep breathing, join a yoga class, pray or meditate.
5- You have an unhealthy gut environment
When you have an unhealthy gut environment that favors harmful bacteria and yeasts (a condition known as dysbiosis), your gut can be causing your late-night snack attacks!
You see, yeasts in your gut LOVE sugary and starchy carbs, and they can actually trigger cravings!
Sadly, many people have an unhealthy gut environment but don’t even know
it. Not only can this cause you to be a carb-o-holic, but it can depress your immune system functioning and cause gas and bloating galore.
Trust me, if gas and bloating are your regular companions, if you get repeated infections, if you take antibiotics, antacids or birth control pills, if you’re constipated a lot or if you smoke, chances are excellent you have some degree of dysbiosis brewing in there.
What to do:
Help to encourage a healthy gut environment by having a nutritious diet, eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, avoiding refined carbs and most importantly, supplementing with a top-notch probiotic supplement like Super Shield
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In addition, the amino acid L-glutamine
has been shown to help reduce cravings. The typical recommended dose is 500 mg three times per day.
6- You’re low in vitamin D
Studies have shown that when vitamin D levels are low, the hormone that helps turn off a person’s appetite doesn’t work and people feel hungry all the time, no matter how much they eat.
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You CAN break free of the late-night snacking habit. You just need to address what may be causing your nocturnal nibbling and turn it around!
And when you do, I bet you’ll see that excess weight start to fall off too.
Won’t that be nice?
To your health,
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