Studies have shown that the later you eat, the more weight you tend to gain. Most foods consumed after nine in the evening go through a much longer process of digestion, and may just be stored away in your fat cells since your body is already in relax mode and is getting ready for bed.
There are people who do like snacking at night, and weight gain is an issue they often have to face. The fact of the matter is, late night snacking is not a very healthy habit. Eating and going straight to bed or going back to bed doesn’t give your body much time for digestion. Calories from food always have to be worked off or consumed somehow. Unless you’ve run a marathon that day, chances are your late night snack is going to find itself to your thighs, stomach, and other problem areas.
There are some healthy low-calorie alternatives to your late night snacking though. It’s the same as making a healthier choice during a day time snack, and it may even give you a chance to eat and fill up on some food servings you missed out on that day. When snacking at night, stay away from the grains and protein group unless you’re absolutely starving. These two groups take longer to break down and metabolize so there’s a bigger chance that it’ll turn to fat or unused energy. Don’t go for cookies, cake, chocolate, or pastries either. These sugary foods pack on a lot of calories and are likely to keep you awake with their sugar content, throwing off your sleeping schedule.
Go for the vegetable, fruit, and dairy groups. Eat some cheese, veggie sticks, fresh fruit, or yogurt. Try to think about everything you’ve eaten that day and go for what you lack in terns of recommended servings. If you don’t lack anything, stick to fruit as this is always a good safe and healthy choice.
You can also try going for a smoothie or shake. Tomato juice, banana smoothies, mango shakes, and other fruit concoctions can be great snacks that are easy to digest and healthy. Nuts are also a good snack and is probably the snack exception of the protein group. Just make sure they are unsalted and grease less. You probably don’t need the extra salt or grease in your body that late at night.
Before eating anything at night, have a glass of water then wait a few minutes. Sometimes our bodies just get confused and sends food signals when we’re really just thirsty. Make sure your thirst is quenched before even setting out to make yourself a snack. If you’ve had a good dinner, you’re likely to not be hungry at all. So gulp down a glass of water and see how you feel. If you’re still hungry, poke around your fridge for the low calorie healthy options.