I guess you're thinking that what I'm goin' to talk about right now is some historic raid in WWII or some Operation Desert Storm-like raid, yes? No? Yes? No. Whatever.
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Most of us (especially those who write at night) have this calling, like a religious one, that is so hard to resist; the calling of the fridge. This has a lot of causes, either you're stressed, bored, or it could be a habit that you just failed to look at. Whatever it is, there's only one result; gaining more weight. I'm not saying that the time of your attack on the fridge is the main reason to weight gain, but the type of food you tend to eat during these wee hours. Some of the top-listers here are chocolate, chips, ice cream, desserts, you know, the heavy weights. Even though our body's food processing doesn't differ from daytime to nighttime, it's after dark that our body's calorie need is minimal. The result, additional pounds.
So, how will you stop this? Here are some tips gathered from different sources.
- Resolve not to eat after dinner.
- Increase your fiber diet. Try adding some beans to keep you feeling full.
- Distract yourself. Take a walk or relax in a warm bath.
- During dinner, eat slowly. Take time to savor the food.
- If you can't hold it, satisfy your cravings with a cup of tea, sticks of carrot, or a fruit.
- ALWAYS eat while sitting down at the table. This could break the habit of munching in front of the TV.
- Start your day with a proper breakfast.
- Drink a lot of water.
Midnight raids ain't that hard to overcome, as long as you eat on a regular meal routine. Just keep it simple, and remember that getting into the habit of NOT eating after dinner is how you'll win the war.
Source: American Journal on Preventive Medicine