Here are some tips from the American Dietetic Association to overcome the temptation to indulge in a late night snack!

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Temptations of the Late-Night Snack

Concerned that late-night snacking may be sabotaging your eating plan or other goals?

Contrary to myth, late-evening calories are no more likely to promote weight gain than calories eaten at other times of the day, and it won’t wake you up if you’re sleepy. However, the problem with late-night snacking is that you might not be eating due to hunger and may be eating more calories than you planned.

If you eat dinner early, you may be actually hungry before bedtime. A small snack to curb hunger is okay, but it’s important to listen to your body’s hunger cues and avoid impulsive eating.

  • When you find yourself wanting to snack, think about why: Is it hunger, or is it habit, boredom, anxiety?
  • Eat dinner later. Even an hour can make a difference.
  • Can’t beat the late-night craving? Hold off on dessert until later in the evening.
  • Go to bed earlier. Eight hours of sleep gives you a mental edge to help control emotional eating any time of day.

For more information and support, consider working with a registered dietitian. Find a registered dietitian in your area »

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