Do you often find yourself sat in front of the television craving anything and everything in the naughty cupboard on an evening? This isn’t uncommon and you certainly aren’t alone! You also aren’t alone when you instantly regret the copious amounts of carbs or unnecessary sugar you’ve just consumed out of sheer boredom, or even wake up wishing you hadn’t overindulged the evening before!
During research where 12 healthy individuals were kept in a controlled lab environment, it showed that regardless of what time the individual woke up or when they had their last meal, their craving for sweet, salty and carbohydrate filled foods was highest at 8pm and at this time they felt most hungry.
What you need to remember is that in order to maintain your physique if you’re already at your ideal weight and shape, or to lose weight and change your physique, you only put into your body the energy you require to stay fit and healthy and to deal with all that you have to get through in your busy day.
Here are 5 key tips to curb those cravings on an evening and be on your way to a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.
- Eat regularly throughout the day
Make sure that you’re fuelling your body with healthy, tasty and enjoyable food during the day. By giving your body everything it nutritionally needs throughout the day, this will lower the chances of craving food late at night.
- Identify your triggers
Identifying your personal triggers isn’t an easy task, however once you can identify them, your life will become so much easier as you can avoid the things that make you crave all things nice late at night.
- Make healthier choices if you do eat later at night
If you can’t resist and you feel like you NEED something, try and substitute the handful (or in most cases half a packet of biscuits) for a handful of nuts. This way, you are curbing those cravings and fuelling your body with a portion of high protein goodness rather than filling up on rubbish that will mostly be stored as fat in your body.
- Avoid eating in front of the TV
When your day is almost over and you just want to slob on the sofa in front of the TV, try and avoid adding a packet of biscuits or your favourite packet of sweets to the mix. When you’re so engrossed in what’s happening in the latest ep of your favourite soap or episode on Netflix, you’ll fail to realise just how much rubbish you’re consuming!
- Go to sleep earlier
Whilst this sometimes isn’t an option due to work commitments or your social calendar, it is advised that you go to bed earlier when you can so that you sleep whilst your hunger feelings are at their peak. It’s also proven that the better quality of sleep that you get actually helps you to make healthier food choices and therefore reduces the risk of obesity!