How do I stop late night snacking?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics

It will be wise to find what is causing the late night snacking, is it boredom, stress, emotional eating or simply a habit. To find the cause(s), you can write a simple food log including foods you choose and you guess the reason.

Once you establish the goal, you choose to get distracted by reading a book or going for a walk; talking to a friend, drinking water or herbal teas; deep breathing or switching to fruits instead of fruits.

Try these tips to avoid late-night snacking:
  • When you find yourself wanting to snack, think about why: Is it hunger, or is it habit, boredom, anxiety?
  • Eat dinner later. Even an hour can make a difference.
  • Can't beat the late-night craving? Hold off on dessert until later in the evening.
  • Go to bed earlier. Eight hours of sleep gives you a mental edge to help control emotional eating any time of day.
Try chewing gum or keeping fruit around the house if you get late-night snacking urges. Also, increasing your water intake might decrease your cravings. Most importantly, get any processed, unhealthy food out of your house. Don't purchase it, and don't bring it into your kitchen. Your kitchen is sacred and your body deserves the best.

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