Some may reason that it shouldn’t matter how late we eat just as long as the calories we consume are within range of what our bodies need. However, eating late affects the body in a different way than eating a larger meal at mid-day. Calories that are consumed at night are usually not processed as efficiently as those during the day.
Research Into Late Night Eating
Tips to Avoid Eating Late At Night
- Eat a moderate breakfast and a heavier lunch.
- Have a larger dinner before 6 PM.
- When you feel like eating late at night, drink a cup of warm lemon water or an herbal tea with raw honey. Hot liquids are soothing and warming.
- If eating late is a habit of yours, you will have to break that habit. Start by reducing your portion sizes and choosing healthier meals.
- Trade in junk food, white sugar, processes foods and white flour for whole grains, soups, fruits and vegetables.
- Brush your teeth earlier! It may sound too simple, but some people find that if they just brush their teeth, they are less likely to indulge in late-night eating patterns.
- Turn off the TV. Studies have shown that television can subconsciously trigger desires for more food.
- Take a warm bath. Turn on some soothing music. Read a book. Create new night-time rituals that don’t involve heavy eating.
- Go on a brisk walk after dinner. Ayurvedic medicine says that we should eat no later than six o’ clock, and afterwards take a walk of at least 108 steps!