So, you’ve had dinner and you’re not really hungry, but you are hankering for something, but you don’t know what.
You start looking around and you grab some Skinny Pop/cookies/crackers/chocolate….you get the idea.
You’re not sure why you always crave this stuff and it’s always at night.
A couple of thoughts:
1. You might be bored watching TV and food gives you something “happy” to do. In other words, going into the kitchen and eating has become a habit and nothing more.
2. You might not have eaten enough carbohydrates (or total amount of food) earlier in the day or even the day before.
Focusing on the second one here – yes, it’s true…if you’ve been “good” all day and you avoided “carbs” like fruit and starches because they are “bad” foods, your body and brain might be looking for some of that exact food come evening time.
Maybe you completely skipped breakfast and/or lunch and you had a big dinner so you’re not technically hungry, but your body might be looking for those calories you missed earlier in the day.
I tell my clients to “pre-load” their day with some fruit and have starch after their workout.
When you keep a log of what you eat, when you eat it and how you feel, you’ll be able to tell how many fruit and starch servings per day work for you.
If you know nighttime eating is only a habit, that’s a different discussion;)
So, get enough food and include fruit and some starch, earlier in the day. You will very likely find that your cravings for fast acting carbs are much less or non-existent.
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