How to Stop Late Night Snacking

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How to Stop Late Night Snacking. Americans are all about food and they love to snack. But sometimes snacking can go too far--far into the night, that is. Many people can gain pound after pound without realizing it comes from snacking when the clock strikes midnight. Snacking doesn't have to happen late at night. Here are a few suggestions to help stop that after dark habit that can add a few inches to your waistline.

Start by asking yourself why you are snacking so late. Determine whether you are eating because you're bored, lonely or whether you're satisfying a sweet tooth. Many times those are the reasons behind late night eating. After examining why you're doing this, you can start to find a solution to stop your late night snacking.

Take the snacks out of your house. This will leave you empty handed when it comes time to munch a bit after watching those late night shows. When you reach for those munchies in the cupboard, you could find yourself grasping at nothing. After awhile, your mind and body will be trained to know there isn't a thing left to snack on in the house.

Drink your late night snack. Many people like to substitute hot chocolate or hot tea for their midnight snack. This way you still get the aspect of having a small treat but you aren't snacking on junk foods or consuming all sorts of calories before bedtime.

Eat a well balanced diet. An easy way to do this is to add more vegetables, fruit and protein to your dinner. This keeps your body satisfied and will fill you up longer. Plus, it's a great way to start eating a little better.

Keep on a schedule. If you decide to start eating dinner at six o'clock everyday and eliminate your snacking, then stick with it. Sometimes eating dinner later is a good way to get your nourishment in and then distract yourself with tasks to complete before turning out the lights.

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