If you want to lose weight naturally, then you need to control your nighttime food cravings.
Mostly unhealthy sugar and food cravings directly impact your diet, as they encourage you to eat unhealthy, and make the wrong choices. However, it is the ones that hit you late at night that seem to be the worst enemy against diets. Late night cravings have a link to fast weight gain as your metabolism tends to go down at night, so anything you eat is more likely to be stored as fat.
That is why you should not skip breakfast and lunch at all, which helps you control your nighttime eating habits. Also, you need to have a healthy dinner as well. You should also be mindful that cutting down on the calories will not help you lose weight; it will just set you up for more food cravings later in the evening.
The best decision is to eat a medium-sized dinner that includes lots of high-fiber foods (like veggies, salads, and whole-grain breads). In addition, reduce your fat intake at night which will reduce you fat storage as well. But I understand that many of you, including me, like to munch on something, especially late night after a long busy day. We usually call this mindless snacking, which happens usually while watching TV, or while browsing the net. To satisfy the nighttime craving, go for healthier options such as:
- Carrot and cucumber sticks with some low-fat yogurt dip.
- Broccoli and cauliflower raw crunchy pieces, with cocktail dip (mustard, ketchup and low-fat mayo).
- One small bowel of low-fat popcorn. It is full of fiber, super healthy and light.
- One fresh fruit of your choice. Excellent high fiber content.
- One handful of mixed nuts, full of protein and fiber
- One mug of whole wheat cereal with low-fat milk or yogurt
- One handful of pumpkin or sunflower seeds, non-salted (salt retains water), which is full of fiber.
- Two small squares of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants.
One simple tip that usually works for me. Brush your teeth after you eat with a menthol toothpaste. It also helps to relieve the feeling of hunger.
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