Contrary to what was believed many years ago, eating at night does not seem to be any more conducive to weight gain that what is eaten throughout the day. If you are committed to a healthy diet, full of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, then it doesn’t matter what time of you day you eat. The challenge for most people is that the food being consumed at night after dinner tends to be highly caloric. If you are looking to maintain or even reduce your calories for the day, this is often the best place to start. Set a deadline for 2-3 hours prior to your usual bedtime that will be “the line in the sand” for not eating past that point.
Food is fuel for our bodies, but at this time of day we don’t need to fuel them up but instead we need to help them wind down to ensure we are getting quality sleep at night. Be sure to eat a healthy dinner with plenty of fiber, protein and healthy fats to keep you satiated. Make bedrooms off-limits to eating, and then start your night-time routine earlier by heading up to your bedroom 30-60 mins before your actual sleep-time. If you are hungry and must eat, remember that healthy snack list we talked about in last weeks NMAM Tip of the day? This is where it can really pay off. Pull out the list and gear your snack towards something on the healthy side.
April 6, 2015