How to avoid late-night snacking

Information for this blog post was taken from an article on WebMD. To read the original piece in its entirety, click here.

It is very common for most people in America to have the largest meal of the day at the evening’s dinner, but studies suggest that this is the worst time of the day to overeat. Consistent late night snacking can lead to obesity and health problems.

It is easier for adults to overeat and oversnack at night because it is less metabolically satisfying than eating the same amount earlier in the day. In one study, individuals who chose a light snack at night ate 9.3% fewer total calories and consumed 10% less fat overall in comparison to snacking big after dinner.

Those wondering why they are never hungry for breakfast may simply be eating too much at dinner and after dinner the previous night.

Another angle to consider is that a human body has to work harder to digest food at night. More fat and cholesterol is retained, which in turn leads to blood clots and heart problems. If you want to remain healthy and see to it that smart dietary servings are ingested over the course of the day, then the following tips could prove useful.

  • Evenings are a time for many to wind down after a long day of work. If watching television is the hobby of choice at night, it is important to not include snacking as part of the ritual. Create a “food only in the kitchen” goal, perhaps. The most important thing is to remain stimulated at night to avoid eating due to boredom.
  • Eat balanced meals high in nutrients and fiber. A lack of a breakfast makes it all the more tempting to binge on fatty, temporarily filling foods at night.
  • Choose to eat smaller, but more frequent meals to reduce overall daily calorie and fat intake.
  • Avoid red meat and caffeinated beverages, especially late at night. Poultry, decaffeinated coffee and flavored tea are great alternatives if a night snack cannot be avoided.

Eating a large, hearty dinner is not just a biological function in America; it is also a pastime to many. The health benefits that arise from avoiding huge amounts of foods and snacks at night are overwhelming. Nighttime overeating poses serious risks, especially to those with weight problems and heart disease.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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