Late night snacking has led to the death of many well-intentioned diets. From happy hour appetizers to desserts, we crave these calorie-ridden foods even if we’re not actually hungry. Here are some tips to help you break the habit of late night snacking.
Eat a satisfying dinner: Make sure you eat a balanced and nourishing dinner that will keep you satisfied until bed.
Eat fruit: Instead of satisfying your sweet tooth with a chocolate dessert, eat a small piece of fruit, which can be a sweet, healthy alternative.
Drink herbal tea: Often a desire to snack can be quenched by changing the flavor in your mouth. Warm mint or chamomile tea can substitute for dessert without actually contributing any calories.
Brush your teeth: Toothpaste tends to make foods taste bad and can sap your desire for late night snacks.
Drink some water: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Sparkling water flavored with citrus or cucumber is particularly effective at distracting your mouth from the desire to keep chewing.
Call a friend: Since eating and talking are not compatible, calling a friend can be a great way to occupy your mind and your mouth until the craving to snack passes.
Get moving: Light exercise can help killing the desire to eat, plus it will burn more calories.