Are you plagued by the late-night munchies? Just can’t stop eating that popcorn while watching your TV shows at night, or all you can think about is ice cream while you’re messing around on your laptop or phone? Do you find yourself binging right before bedtime or find yourself in the kitchen when you can’t sleep? These are normal struggles I’ve had myself and also see with most of the people I coach, and you can get past them!
Here’s how you can go to bed at night without overeating and wake up the next morning with a flat belly. Because when you wake up with a flat belly and you’ve got those “morning abs” (or soon to be abs), you will actually WANT to eat healthy for the rest of the day and make good choices. Plus, this is one of the biggest things you can do to lose and maintain weight! So here we go! Here’s are healthy alternatives you can use to curb your late night munchies.
Healthy Alternative #1. Sparkling water
I don’t know if it’s the fizziness, but it seems to really help people, especially if you’re a recovering pop drinker (yes I said “pop” not “soda”) or even some who likes to have a glass of wine or a cocktail at night.
I like this plain, icy and cold! But if you cut up a lime, put a little bit of lime juice in there, and close your eyes, it just might feel like a cocktail? Fruit is great, too! My favorites are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries to spice it up.
It’s calorie free, hydrating, and fills you up! We often confuse hunger for thirst. When we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty. If you drink a lot during the day and stay hydrated at night, it really help you stop eating at night. And remember, even though diet soda has no calories, it is NOT a good habit to get into. It’s full of a ton of other crap that will bloat you and cause you to crave more sugar (let alone all the chemicals…ahhh!!!…another story for another day!). Just stick to your sparkling water!
Healthy Alternative #2. Aminos & Hydrate Drinks
As a second alternative after sparkling water, I like to use a hydration drink by the Beachbody Performance Line called Hydrate and also BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acid supplemental drinks – the brand with the least crap in it that I know of as of now is called MetRx). Both are powdered drinks you scoop into your water. They give it flavor, fill you up, and also distract you from eating more food you don’t need.
Hydrate is full of electrolytes that help repair your body and of course keep you hydrated…which means your body will be functioning better and you’ll also be less likely to overeat. BCAA’s help your muscles recover and help build muscle. Check your ingredients though! Because many supplements will sneak in additives and junk you don’t need like soy, soy lechitin and sucralous. I can however tell you that Hydrate does not have these things and neither do the BCAA’s by MetRx.
Healthy Alternative #3. Egg Whites
These are really great at night if the drinks just won’t do it for you and you’re starving. If you’re legit hungry and not just craving food out of habit or for emotional reasons, eat egg whites – it’s a low calorie, slow digesting protein. That’s about 16 calories per egg white, and 1 or 2 will fill you up!
Why am I telling you to stop eating at night time? Because food is fuel, and you don’t need to fuel your body for rest. When you stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime, your body goes into fat burning mode. Your body goes into your fat stores at night to keep your vitals functioning. However, if you eat before bed, all of your body’s energy will be spent digesting your food, and you won’t be burning any fat. Night time is when your body becomes a fat burning machine…if you let it! So stop eating after dinner or at least 3 hours before bed. You’ll wake up with a flatter belly feeling good, and you’ll start losing weight over time as you do this consistently. You will also be able to maintain weight loss much easier. Not bad!
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