Most people have heard the advice that eating later in the evening isn’t healthy, but many don’t know exactly where that wisdom comes from. Most of us assume it's because when we sleep, we burn less calories. It actually has more to do with the unhealthy eating habits we form.
For many working moms, the habit of eating late is born out of necessity. In the race to get the kids fed, bathed and tucked in each night, you and your significant other often put off your own meal time until much later than you should. How many times have you found yourself starting dinner at 9 p.m. or later?
Often, you find yourself waiting for the kids to go to sleep and then reaching for the phone to order a high-calorie, low-prep work dinner for you and your spouse.
If you’re looking to break free from the late night meals, check out my three pieces of sound advice that will have you eating healthier, feeling more energetic, and waking up each day more refreshed.
Eat When Your Kids Eat
Easier said than done, I know (especially if your kids are high maintenance at the dinner table). But pretty soon you’ll be eating at the right time and finding healthier alternatives for both you and your family.
More than just eating healthier and spending more quality time with your kids, your late night cravings will go away too, helping you to go to bed earlier and wake up more energized.
12 Hours Between Dinner and Breakfast
If you’re eating when your kids eat, then this next piece of advice is going to be much easier to follow. Giving your body the optimal time for digestion at night means that you’ll actually process all the nutrients you got with dinner.
You’ll wake up ready for your next meal, instead of bloated and tired—with a food hangover.
Hydrate, Hydrate Hydrate
Drink a full glass of water—before you eat breakfast—and keep drinking all day long. Drinking lots of water doesn’t add weight or make you feel bloated. In fact, drinking water all day long is one of the keys to successful weight loss. It helps if you have a favorite water bottle too! I love the aluminum kinds that keep my water cold all day.
And remember, nothing beats the cleansing power of water! Your skin will get a glowing boost, too. Add in a little fresh sliced lemon wedges for some additional detoxifying effects.
In summary, healthy habits make healthy people. It’s that simple. If you want to stop the cravings, have more energy, and wake up refreshed each morning, then follow these easy steps to avoid late night eating and weight gain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lacy Crook is the Founder of Leanmoms.com. She is a certified personal trainer, Health Educator, and Precision Nutrition coach. Lacy is a busy mom of three and enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains of Idaho and Utah, writing, and consulting small businesses.