“I’m good all day and then come the evening I ruin it all by constant snacking….” Does this sound familiar? So how can you target your late night snack attack? Here are some handy tips to try.
1: Set a time frame in place.
Tell yourself going forward there’s no eating after a certain time (eg. 8pm). The only way this can be deviated from is if you are having a late dinner. NEVER SKIP DINNER. But let dinner be your last meal. Fill up on proteins and veg. Feel satisfied with clean food.
2: Choose a clean snack
If you really are feeling hungry – as opposed to feeling bored or doing it out of habit – choose options that won’t undo your clean eating day. I like to have a couple of tablespoons of Greek Yoghurt with a little Whey Protein and some chopped nuts mixed in for flavour as a “dessert” (it tastes as good as Angel Delight!!). You could try some scrambled egg whites or cottage cheese too. Or some vegetable sticks with hummus. Don’t go reaching for the cereal box. Cereal is often full of sugars (check the sugar content in the nutritional information) and not a good choice for a late night snack.
3: Keep your food diary beside you
By having your food log sitting there with you you will probably be less likely to take trips to the fridge. Writing down what you eat each day makes it real and you’ll probably opt for the cup of tea and leave the handful of biscuits where they are.
4: Distract yourself
Watching TV in the evenings can be the main cause of a snack attack. Distract yourself in other ways. Take a walk with the dog, read a book or run a bath. If you do choose to watch TV there are ways you can “break the habit” by keeping yourself busy whilst doing so. Get to work on the foam roller to roll out any knots from your days workout, paint your nails, do some ironing! You may laugh but it works!
5: Brush your teeth
Once dinner is well and truly done, brush your teeth! It sounds simple but how often have you passed on something because you’ve just brushed your teeth and it would taste funny. I know I have! Make brushing a habit after your evening meal.
Snacking is a problem for so many – including me at times. The main thing is to realise the difference between hunger and habit. Hunger must be fed, but habits must be broken. Hopefully you’ve taken something from this and one or two of these little tips will help.
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