Many people have experienced situations of sticking to their diet all day long, and then eating a big pile of food at night even though they’ve just come to kitchen to have a glass of water, or coming home after a long hungry day and ending up with a massive attack on a refrigerator?
Many people have experienced situations of sticking to their diet all day long, and then eating a big pile of food at night even though they’ve just come to kitchen to have a glass of water, or coming home after a long hungry day and ending up with a massive attack on a refrigerator?Or simply making frequent trips to the kitchen throughout the evening and night? While all of these practices are far from healthy, it may become a serious problem to struggle with yourself on the way to the fridge. Overnight eating has never been much of use. According to Massive Health founder Aza Raskin, ‘There is a 1.7 percent overall decrease in healthiness of what’s eaten for every hour of the day that passes after breakfast.’ Thus, what we normally eat at night not just often comes in bigger portions than it should, but also is far from healthy food. A few reasons for this may be boredom, wish to taste something, stress and looking for emotional comfort, and simple habit. Though eating at night is almost always associated with weight gain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Weight Control Information Network web site states that ‘it does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.’ However, night eating is still far from a good practice, especially considering how many people experience significant emotional discomfort because of it. So here are some tips on how to try and change things for the better.
Move away from food.If you are a kitchen person, do find another place in your house to spend time, as proximity leads to often pilgrimages to the fridge. It may also be helpful to delegate cleaning tasks to other family members or ask them to help you stay out of the kitchen till the morning.
Don’t eat simultaneously with some other action.Eating in the car, in front of the TV or computer makes us eat a lot more than we could if we did it mindfully. So it is much more beneficial to either try to replace eating with some other things, or replace all junk food with a lighter and healthier one, because this eating normally has nothing to do with hunger.
Brush your teeth after an evening meal.This option has proven to work, as going to bed without brushing one’s teeth is quite an unpleasant feeling, while doing it a few times is not a thing one would prefer to do even once, let alone regular basis. Meal-ender like mint gum could also be of help here. A recent study about health impact of eating at night has suggested that big heavy meals in the evening and at night are likely to increase susceptibility to cardiometabolic diseases and obesity. However, it has also been concluded that changing the heavy meals for lighter ones, consumed in small portions and consisting of about 200 calories will likely not cause the same effect on our health.
Still, nighttime eating is a habit that makes too many people uncomfortable about themselves and their lifestyle, not mentioning that perspective of food rottening in one’s stomach during their sleep is far from attractive, it is advised to keep healthier nutrition regime and, if not to stop eating at night at all, turn it for our own good.