Food for Thought: How to stop nighttime eating


Nighttime eating is a common obstacle to losing weight.

We know people who eat more of their calories during the day than they do at nightlose more weight. But culturally, we tend to make dinner our largest meal and eat nighttime snacks.

To stop nighttime eating, start by eating enough during the day. Make lunch your higher calorie meal. Dinner can still look big by making most of your plate delicious vegetables.

After dinner, explore what is really going on when you crave a snack. Often, we are not hungry but we crave relaxation, fun and joy. Snacks are relaxing, fun and bring joy! However, find non-food ways to do this. Watch comedy, play games, call friends. Ask yourself, “What gives me joy that is not food?”

Then practice, practice, practice this new nighttime routine. It will take time for the new habit to feel comfortable and comforting. 

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