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Diets and Late Night Eating

March 14, 2019
Late Night Snack

The number one rule to losing weight is also the first rule to why many diets are unsuccessful. The formula to losing weight is simple; eat fewer calories than you burn, causing a negative calorie balance. So why is this simple rule so difficult to achieve? Often times, dieters over compensate and restrict calories too much sending our bodies in to a panic and wondering when it will be appropriately fed again. The body responds by slowing down the metabolism to efficiently utilize the few calories it is receiving. We get frustrated because the weight loss is too slow and revert back to our previous eating style. With the slow metabolism and an increase in calories, our weight skyrockets to higher than we started. Let’s change our way of thinking. Instead of calories, food provides us with energy. Food is giving us the energy and power to do the things in life we love to do.

The second reason dieting seems to back fire on us is mental. We create an unhealthy relationship with food. When we restrict everything that “taste good” we develop cravings and obsessions about that food and ultimately binge eat, resulting in a day or night full of guilt. Our bodies are just like the teenagers in the world. When we tell them they can’t have or do something, what is the first thing they do? Break curfew or eat the entire cake. So instead of having “bad foods” in the world let’s call them treats. When we contribute value to food, we’re giving it too much power over us.

Third eating after 8:00 PM causes weight gain. ERRR wrong again. The time of day you choose to eat does not determine your weight. Late night eating may be causing you to pack on unwanted pounds but the cause is not the time on the clock. The problem is the types of foods that are normally consumed at that time of evening. Chips, cookies, soda, wine, beer anything that is high in calories, is normally the go to for late night boredom snacking. Choose healthy options like fruits and veggies to ward off those late night hunger pangs. All foods have calories (eh energy) and our bodies consume calories (energy), not the time on the clock.

Instead of turning to a diet, the best thing you can do is create a healthy relationship with food. I am reading a book called “Dressing on the Side” a diet myths debunking book. This book suggest that we’re doing too much, we need to do less. We often times try to change everything at once, instead of making small changes that can last a lifetime. So when it comes to weight loss and eating; do less. 

Realize that all food can be allowed in a healthy eating style. Listen to our bodies about their needs. The body sends signals when it’s hungry. Listen for those tummy grumbles to know it is time to eat. While eating, take your time and take taste and fullness breaks to determine if you should continue. If the food is no longer tasting as good as that first bite that could be your first sign that you are no longer hungry. Your stomach also lets you know it is satisfied and it is time to stop. Unbuttoning our pants, means we have gone too far. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re satisfied, and allow yourself to eat all foods. Cravings become less when certain foods are no longer off limits.

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