Sometimes people crave food at night. There are reasons for this.
1. The most common is boredom.
Answer: Combat boredom with evening exercise, walk the dog, find something physical to do. Or take a class, volunteer, join a group from a tennis club to a poker club. Find a good book or movie and immerse yourself and keep food out of the area. Make sure you have a non sugary drink to keep you busy throughout and make you feel less hungry.
2. Hunger that was not satisfied during the day.
Answer: Make sure you eat 6 proteins, spread out every 3-4 hours and get your two servings of salad, fruits and vegetables. Don’t eat your last protein at 5 pm if you are planning to stay up late. Plan your meal times.
3. Depression and loneliness.
You might need an anti-depressant or therapy. Talk to a doctor and/or a therapist. Do not skip meals. Make sure you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner–with three protein-based, low carb snacks after each, a few hours after each are consumed.
You might need to lock up all the goodies in the house and have someone else hide the key if you truly cannot have sweets available without eating them. Or better yet, don’t buy them in the first place.
4. You are still coming off of a sugar high.
A lot of people eat way too many carbs and sugars and when you finally go on a new way of life (diet), your body will crave the sugar for a while until your body becomes accustomed to the change. You have to hang in there and know it is temporary. You have to ride it out like you would in withdrawal from any drug. So, battle it with keeping busy and liquids. Also, do not skip eating and follow the 6 low carb, high protein meals a day rule, as well as salad, fruit and veggies (twice a day on each). You will be less hungry if you feed your body with good protein. There are also protein supplements with low carbs available online and at Lindora.com. You have to be strong and remember:
“A moment on the lips–a lifetime on the hips” and “nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels!”
IF YOU HAVE TO EAT SOMETHING!!!!
If you absolutely must snack, have healthy protein based options handy so you’re not tempted to start foraging for junk. Cheese, meat, nuts, fresh fruit is an excellent choice, as is a cup of herbal tea. I have low carb hot cocoa from Lindora if I am needing something late at night. There are other choices for low carb drinks online. There are appetite suppressants. Talk to your doctor. Coffee became a huge appetite controller for me…..but everyone is different.
Tell your spouse, friends, or other family members to help support your efforts by not snacking in front of you and by motivating you to stick with your plan.