Mike’s Monday Motivator – Limit Late-Night Snacking
As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy and successful life, and I’d like to pass that onto you.
In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!
So, why shouldn’t you have a snack late at night?
We’ve all done it. You’re closing up your house of the day, maybe the kids have just finally gone to bed, and you’re hungry. Dinner was long enough ago that you wouldn’t mind having another slice of pie from dessert, or maybe a bowl of chips with some late night TV.
Resist that temptation!
The fact is that your metabolism slows down while you sleep because you simply don’t need as much energy during that period. Slower metabolism means that any food you’re just starting to digest as you fall asleep is more likely to be stored as fat than used as energy.
Now, all that’s well and good, but hunger is hunger. How can you limit, and even stop late-night snacking altogether?
- Eat proper meals – By planning and eating the right meals at the right time of day, you can eliminate that late-night hunger. With a proper dinner at night, you should be full well until the morning. If you’re hungry when you wake up, then you know you’re ready for a big healthy breakfast.
- Play the mental game – Unfortunately, hunger’s only half the battle. Most of us will often eat not because we’re hungry, but because we just like eating. Breaking that habit is easier when you have the support of friends or family, and other members of your household.
- Remove the temptation – Be sure to get rid of any junk foods that may tempt you in the evenings. If you find you really must have a snack, go with something low on the glycemic index.
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