How to Stop Late Night Cravings for Good
By Genevieve Cunningham
Late night cravings are common. You're in bed browsing the internet or watching Netflix, and all of a sudden you really need a piece of chocolate. Or popcorn. Or some other satisfying treat. It's as much of a habit as it is anything else, but nevertheless, it's a habit that we keep coming back to. And unfortunately, it's also a habit that can harm your health. Late night eating can lead to weight gain, insomnia, and overall poor lifestyle habits. Late night snacking can be a hard habit to break, but if you're ready to change your health for the better, take a look at these tips to end the late night habit for good.
Find a Replacement Habit
One of the first things you should do when breaking any habit is to find something to replace it. If you don't want to eat late at night, try filling the space with something else. Maybe you could draw or knit. Maybe you could reach for a book or crossword puzzle -- anything to fill the time and the habit. This will take some time to stick, so don't get discouraged. Just stay the course, and you'll develop a new healthier habit in no time at all.
Find a Healthy Drink
If you're set on consumption in the late night hours, try reaching for a drink of some sort. But don't reach for juice, soda, or coffee. These are full of sugar and caffeine, which will still be bad for your health. Instead, try some herbal tea or hot lemon water. Or if it's hot out, get a big glass of ice water. This allows you to fill your mouth and belly, but keeps the bad parts of late night consumption far away.
Change Up Your Routine
Sometimes in order to make changes that last, we have to change our entire routine. We have to break old associations by forming new ones. Do you have routines surrounding bedtimes? Do you do the same things every night and go to bed at the same time? The more set your routine, the easier it is to nix bad habits and form healthy habits that really stick around and transform overall health for the better.
Late night snacking is a habit that can actually be fun. We often enjoy the snack and the satisfaction it brings just before bed. That's why it's so hard to break! But late night snacking isn't good for our bodies. Luckily, it's possible to break the habit and find something new and healthier to take its place. Use these tips to end your late night cravings and move your health in a better direction starting today.
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