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.
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
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
But what if you really are hungry?
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.