One way to reduce temptation is to eat small meals at regular intervals through the day along with a satisfying dinner.
Eating small meals through the day will help burn more fat and keep your appetite under control by leveling your blood sugar. Your metabolism will also get a boost.
Here are 8 tips to quit sneaking into the kitchen:
- Be sure to eat 3 good meals during the day with 1 or 2 between meal snacks. Most people try to eat too few calories during the day only to binge late at night. A good insurance policy is to eat most of your calories before 6 PM.
- When you feel the urge to eat late at night, try drinking 2 or more cups of water. You can also make a cup of herbal tea sweeten with honey or artificial sugar. Hot liquids have a soothing effect on emotions and appetite.
- Remind yourself that it’s normal to feel hungry late at night due to habitually eating late. Breaking this habit is like learning to quit smoking.
- Much of late night eating after dinner can be avoided by hiding the junk food. Put foods that you’re prone to eat late at night out of sight. Better yet, don’t buy junk food at all, though this may not be possible if you have kids.
- Suck on hard candy. Most hard candy have only a few calories and they give you the satisfaction of snacking.
- Keep a written copy of your diet plan in view, which will keep your goal of losing weight firmly fixed in your mind. The temptation to snack late at night will not be as great if you don’t give into the urge for several weeks.
- Some people have great success by simply brushing their teeth late at night. This method has been known to curb late night eating for many people.
- The most vulnerable time for eating late is 1 hour after dinner right up to bedtime. Keep your life interesting by working on a favorite hobby and NOT watching TV. The ads on TV can subconsciously trigger the impulse to eat. Boredom is your biggest danger to late night eating.