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7 Ways to Break Up With Your Late-Night Snacking Habit

Nighttime snacking can be problematic and there are steps that you can take to break this habit.  However, it is important to first determine whether or not you are snacking out of habit or hunger.  For instance, if you eat an early dinner at 5:30 or 6 pm and are a night owl who likes to stay up until midnight, then you are probably experiencing true hunger around 9:30 or 10 pm.  Listen to your body and feed it when it’s hungry.  Choose healthy snacks that are just filling enough to take the hunger away.  A low-fat yogurt or a cup of hot tea with toast and nut spread will usually do the trick.

Late-Night Snacking Habit

However, if you finish dinner and are plopping down in front of the TV an hour later with a bag of chips, then you are probably snacking out of habit.  Although habits can be difficult to break, the good news is that you’re not fighting physiological hunger.  Therefore, you can set up some roadblocks to habitual snacking that can break the cycle.  Once you interrupt the cycle and develop a new routine, the problem is usually resolved.

Why You Should Stop: With determination, anyone can fix bad eating habits, and get to a healthier, more natural weight. By paying attention to your hunger signals and switching to healthy snacks, you can boost nutrition, control cravings, lose weight, and avoid energy slumps. Your weight will fall to a healthier level, and you’ll replace unhealthy trans and saturated fat, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and extra sodium with more nutritious fare. it’s that sneaky bad habit you developed without even realising it, like dashing out the door some mornings without breakfast, or munching chips in front of your favorite TV show

Once upon a time, when our nation was slim and trim, going out for dinner only happened on special occasions. Fast food restaurants were limited, and the portions were much smaller. There was no such thing as Super Size or Extra Value Meals. There was only one kind of Reese’s candy bar to choose from, and breakfast cereal tasted like cereal, not dessert.

 

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