When you're trying to lose weight, it can seem like there's a never-ending barrage of temptation as you go about your day. And it doesn't stop when you get home — evenings on the couch can ruin a day full of healthy choices if you're employing bad habits. So when it comes to staying on track in the evening, make sure you pay attention to these rules.
Stop after dinner: It can be easy to mindlessly snack away while you relax, so make an effort to stay aware of why you're reaching for your pantry door. If you're doing it out of habit or because you're bored, try spending more time out of the kitchen or drinking peppermint tea instead of snacking. Recognizing these food triggers can also help you learn to stop overeating.
Choose your snack wisely: Eating an early dinner can mean you're ravenous before bedtime, so if that's the case, there's nothing wrong with having a healthy snack later in the evening. Just keep things light; make sure that you don't eat something that will disrupt your sleep or undo all your work from the day. Try some of our healthy late-night snack recipes for ideas.
Get ready for (good) sleep: Not only does getting quality sleep ensure that you have enough energy the next day for your workout, but also, studies have shown that people who don't get enough sleep end up eating more than those who do. Start the next day off on the right foot, and you'll be more likely to make healthy decisions that are good for you and your waistline. A nightly bedtime routine, like reading a book or drinking a cup of herbal tea, can help you wind down, so read our tips on what to do 20 minutes before bed for better sleep.