Weight Loss

Post dinner munchies affect everyone!

Post dinner munchies can affect everyone. For whatever reason, not giving in to those crisps, chocolate, ice cream or cookies can get increasingly more challenging after the sun goes down.

If you’re following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll be happy to know that a (healthy) post-dinner snack is included in the weight loss plan. However it’s not normally a healthy snack that calls your name around 9pm.

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Why we overeat at night

Overeating at night is super common, and it’s important to look at the reasons why in order to prevent it. Here are some of the reasons:

1. Not eating enough during the day

Having a healthy breakfast can help set you up for making smart choices for the rest of your day. Choosing a breakfast that is high in protein can help to curb your sugar cravings and can help keep you fuller for longer.
If you are not eating enough during the day overall, and missing out on nutrients, the result can be that you are overeating later on during the day. Be sure to check your BMI here and try to ensure you are eating enough calories.
If you are truly hungry, do a quick check on what foods you may have missed out on during the day. If you find that you have missed out on one of the food groups, let this be your first choice.

2. Emotional eating rather than hunger

Another common reason for overeating at night time after a  long day is that you may be looking for a reward or a comfort. That feeling will often call for that little bit of chocolate, a slice of bread with chocolate spread, cookies or crisps.

Try to find ways to reward yourself that aren’t related to food – a bubble bath, reading a book, enjoying a cup of fancy herbal tea, or phoning a friend to catch up.

3. Not eating enough protein

It is a good idea to spread your protein out during the day, however, be vigilant on having a protein packed breakfast and dinner – this can set you up for the rest of the day and can help curb your late night snacking. 

But what if you really are hungry?

As part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge there is a night time snack suggested every day so you NEVER go hungry. This might be something like our 5 minute Snickers Mousse or Peanut Bubble Crunch.

You won’t feel like you’re missing out if you stick with the snacks on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

By all means, if you are really hungry you should have something to eat. Just be sure it is a healthy choice that will help you reach your weight loss goals. This is especially true for breastfeeding mothers, who often need an additional 500 calories per day to support their milk production.

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