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Diet Tip: Curb Your Night Time Snacking

When it comes to losing weight, often exercise on its own is not enough. You do need to watch what you eat. After being focused on good nutrition all day long, does your willpower drop off at night? You need to make sure your night time snack is not keeping you from keeping your calories down.

My suggestion is to either close your kitchen after dinner or snack super consciously. Here are a few ideas to help you:

  • Try those 100 calorie snack bags and limit yourself to just one. Eat the bag slowly and savor every bite.
  • Eat two pieces of healthful dark chocolate and turn your snacking into a meditation.
  • Drink naturally sweet flavored herbal teas to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your calorie intake to zero. These days, I am loving Good Earth Original tea. It is spicy and sweet.
  • Snacking on fruit or veggies is a great way to ensure you are getting your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals. Carrots and celery have the snap of chips and a sweet pear is loaded with fiber.

Let me just remind you again that mindlessly snacking in front of the TV leads to more calories consumed than you think. Don't eat straight from the bag either. Pour a reasonable size portion into a bowl and put the bag away.

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sneerybobcat sneerybobcat 8 years
This is my problem too! It especially attacks me on the weekend. I think if I apply these rules, or just go to sleep, I could lose much more weight.
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 8 years
I am horrible at this....I ate a bowl of pasta at 4:30am! I can't sleep if I'm hungry....
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 8 years
During exams I usually literally stay chained to my desk studying for 10-14 hours a day, and i end up reaching for something to chew on like every 10-15 minutes! I used to gain weight during exam periods until i figured out a small trick to keep myself away from the calories: I make myself a thermos of natural tea (without sugar) and whenever i feel like putting someting in my mouth, i pour myself a cup and enjoy it over my books. The rich aroma satiates my appetite, the tea fills my stomach, and because it's hot, I don't end up gulping the entire cup down in one go, but take my time to enjoy it. Now during exams I have like 12 different types of herbal, green, black, fruit, fusion, etc., teas in my room, and I go through 2-3 thermoses (liters) a day. In the morning i make green or black tea, and the caffine helps to wake up my brain, while in the afternoon i make herbal or fruit tea. That way i don't overdose on caffine and enjoy several different types of tea in one day.
sh0pah0lic56 sh0pah0lic56 8 years
i luv chai tea with some skim milk and sugar! i measure out my sugar- 2 tsp. so much better than artificial stuff- i can't stand the taste or the health risks~
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 8 years
I LOVE Good Earth Original tea!
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
This is my weakness. I'm addicted to chips and salsa at night. Is that really that bad though ??
blackjade blackjade 8 years
Good Earth Original is on my of my all time favorite teas.
nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I'm lucky these days I am so busy I never have time to sit in front of the tv in the evenings and mindlessly snack. What has always worked great for me was to do a bit of relaxing yoga then a bit of meditation in the evening. It helps you sleep great and you really don't want to eat afterwards.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I learned this the hard way last night, my stomach hates me.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I foloow all of these! And I have those Kellogs Special K snack packs and they really do work :)
Tutta Tutta 8 years
I love Yogi Tea. I have the detox and fasting flavors and always make sure to keep some at home and at my desk.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i'm actually wondering whether eating fruits can make us gain weight.. say.. we had enough portion of meals and calories (excluding fruits) then we add fruits.. how about that...? hmmm...
marygrace marygrace 8 years
this is exactly the problem i'd been having for a longgg time. i would always say i was going to "eat less" at night, but that was too vague and it never worked. finally, i decided i could have up to 130 calories after dinner, and that was it. it took a little getting used to, but it became easy to do it because it was a specific goal i was adhering to. i feel much better about myself knowing i havent pigged out after dinner.
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