When you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight; it requires giving up any bad eating habits that you’ve acquired over the years.
Today we’re going to talk about one specific habit that makes you eat more.
You probably already know that not getting enough sleep will sabotage your weight loss plans. You’ll be tired the next day and your metabolism will be sluggish. Plus, with your energy level dragging you’ll be more susceptible to giving into cravings.
However, lack of sleep isn’t the only reason to give up staying up late. A recent study by the University of Pennsylvania Perelman’s School of Medicine showed that people who stayed up late were more apt to eat unhealthy, high fat snacks. These snacks added a whopping 550 calories to their daily intake!
So how do you stop these late night eating binges?
The best remedy for this habit is easy – go to bed earlier and get the seven to eight hours of sleep your body needs. This way you’ll avoid those dangerous hours from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. when ice cream and pizza call your name.
Sadly, in today’s busy society it’s not always possible to go to bed at a decent hour.
Another option is to make sure you’re eating the right foods through-out the day. Get plenty of fiber and protein so you feel full. Don’t eat carbs that cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop like a rock leaving you starving.
Keep healthy snacks such as berries or nuts in the house so when you do snack you’re not eating junk food. Other good options are yogurt, carrots, cherry tomatoes or grapes. Freeze the grapes and then suck on them slowly. You’ll feel like you’re eating more than you really are instead of the other way around. If there aren’t any high carb, high fat snacks staring at you from the pantry or refrigerator you’ll have to settle for something healthy.
Divide snacks into small portions in baggies or plastic containers. When the container is empty – stop snacking. Don’t eat mindlessly while watching television or surfing the internet. You’ll consume far more than you realize.
Drink plenty of water. When you’re dehydrated you feel hungry, even when you’re not. Stay away from caffeinated drinks that will keep you lying awake and staring at the ceiling long into the night. Don’t drink energy drinks that are packed full of caffeine. Get your energy from good nutrition and exercise.
If you must stay awake to get something done, such as last minute studying, then get up every thirty minutes and walk around or do some jumping jacks.
When sleeping is a problem, make sure you turn off electric devices an hour before you go to bed. Your room should be completely dark and free of any distracting L.E.D. lights.
Late night snacks are a bad habit that make you eat even more than you normally would. So to keep your weight loss on track — find a way to avoid this crack in your nutrition plan.