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Diet Tip: Close the Kitchen

Snacking after dinner often leads to overeating. It just happens that the mindless munchies take over and you end the day by consuming more calories than you burned during the day. If you are dieting you definitely want to avoid that, since your goal is to be in a caloric deficit.

To break the late night snacking habit, I propose that you close your kitchen at 8:00 pm, or whenever you finish your dinner. Yep, just think the kitchen is closed. Don't open the pantry or the cabinet with the crackers, cookies, chips, chocolate - is it just me or do all tempting treats begin with the letter "C"? Keep the refrigerator closed.

The only exception to the Kitchen Closed rule would be to make a nice cup of herbal tea. Chamomile tea can satisfy your sweet tooth and help you wind down at the end of the day. As I write this I am enjoying a cup of decaf Earl Grey with a splash of non-fat milk.

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Moody Moody 9 years
@Millarci Is it possible to eat something at the end of your workday (before your evening commute)? When I have to eat on the road I used to make a cold dish (e.g. pasta/canned tuna/tomatoes). If it isn’t possible to eat that, I’d go for a banana or an apple after work (just so you’d have eaten something) and a little dinner when you get home. Sorry not to be a big help here. Maybe this is a good question for teamsugar (forums?)?
millarci millarci 9 years
I have a question for everyone. I'm 24 yrs old, drive about an hour and a half commute (each way), and on the way home (about 45 minutes from my job) I go to the gym and do cardio for an hour and a little strength training. By the time I get home, it's around 8-8:30pm. It's hard for me not to eat late, because at this point I haven't eaten dinner yet. Anyone have any tips for me?
Moody Moody 9 years
For me this is one of the best tips. I try to imagine a closed sign on the fridge every night and somehow it helps. :)
mollipop mollipop 10 years
I keep trying to "close my kitchen" a few hours before bed, but I have a big appetite the weakest willpower when it comes to food so inevitably end up breaking down and snacking a couple hours before bed. I used to eat dessert foods late at night, but like Fit said, the calories do add up, and after a few months I gained 7 lbs just from my nighttime snacking habit. Now I've come up with a compromise where I'll allow myself to eat less starchy vegetables as my late-night snack. Slowly I'm losing the pounds I gained, and I'm not going to bed with hunger pangs either :-).
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Fit - thanks so much for your tips and your devotion to healthy living. It's inspiring. Love that your drinking the decaf with a splash of non-fat.
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