Do you struggle with late-night snack attacks? You're not alone.
Researchers have found that our natural body clock - also known as the circadian rhythm - encourages us to reach for sweet and salty foods in the evening. While this may have helped our ancestors survive when food was scarce, today it only helps to widen our waistline.
So how do you stop nighttime eating? Check out these tips:
- Eat breakfast. There's a reason it's the most important meal of the day. Research shows that breakfast eaters are less likely to be overweight or overeat later in the day.
- Eat protein and fiber during daylight hours to feel fuller longer.
- Make sure your dinner is balanced and that you don't eat it too early.
- Turn off distracting devices, including the TV, tablet and cell phone earlier in the evening. Too much screen time is linked to mindless eating.
- Keep a food journal. Write down what you ate and how you were feeling at the time.
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