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Eat Every Four Hours to Prevent Late-Night Snacking

Some people eat minimally throughout their day; either they're too busy or they're trying to lose weight. When dinner time rolls around, these folks often stuff themselves silly. In response to their previous evening of eating, they don't eat much again throughout the next day, but the late night eating pattern repeats itself. By limiting calorie (read energy) intake during the day, they've created an imbalanced metabolism, which can lead to weight gain and affect blood sugar levels.

The best way to manage your eating habits is to eat every four hours. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and throw in one or two snacks between if your meals are more than four hours apart. Eating throughout your day will satiate your hunger so you'll be less likely to crave late-night snacks. I'd also feel free to indulge a little on sweets or whatever you crave, so that when night time rolls around, feelings of deprivation don't force you to devour an entire pint of Ben and Jerry's.

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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Hot water with lemon helps too.
WriterChick54 WriterChick54 6 years
I really need to get better about this. When I eat smaller meals though, I don't feel as satisfied, which also leads me to binging at night sometimes. I need to find that balance!
lemamike lemamike 6 years
Eating every four hours is great. Also, if you can, plan your meals and snacks. I find i eat much healthier when i already know what I am going to eat. Plus, eating every four hours and having a planned snack/meal keeps you from getting home, feeling famished and eating the closest thing in sight!
dahbeedo dahbeedo 6 years
I'm so bad about this! I have a hard time stopping eating when I'm not hungry anymore (as opposed to full), especially at night. And breakfast before 9:30 am usually just doesn't appeal at all! I will definitely be sticking to a 4 to 5 minimeal plan later this week and try to recalibrate my hunger to better times to eat and better amounts :D
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 6 years
I think I'm naturally hungry every four hours or so, as long as my meals are healthy and of an appropriate portion size. But in truth, I prefer to eat when I feel hungry. I can't follow celebrities' schedules where one says that she eats every two hours or three hours. Their on their own clock, and I'm on my own clock.
TADOW TADOW 6 years
Late night snacking is really hard to overcome. When ever I every three to four hours I dont snack at night. I'm on a 5 meal a day plan, so that really helps.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
I've started drinking hot tea with lemon when I get my nighttime snack craving and that's been keeping me in check. :)
lizzie008 lizzie008 6 years
This is my problem! I always want to snack before I go to bed. One snack can turn into two and then I feel so bad about it that I eat more. Then I'm "good" the next day and at night I eat too much again. Awful cycle.
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