A common complaint from clients trying to lose weight is that they can’t seem to control themselves from bingeing before bed, after doing well all day long. If this is you, here is where you might be going wrong. When you are on a nutrition plan or watching your food intake, your definition of “doing well” should not be drastically under eating. This is a common mistake and an unhealthy one. It’s no wonder people feel ravenous when dinner rolls around!
Our friends at Alloy Personal Training Center describe it best. “Some busy parents are more concerned with feeding their children a wholesome breakfast and getting everyone out the door, that they completely neglect their own needs. Other folks figure that if they’re trying to lose weight they might as well cut calories everywhere possible, and since breakfast can be a hassle, it’s easy to just skip it or go with something small and convenient. By now, we’re pretty hungry for lunch, but our busy parent is still out running errands after cleaning the house and it’s almost time to pick up the kiddos from school. Worker-bee has been slaving away at the computer and with the deadline approaching, decides to get some “diet friendly” pretzels from the vending machine, another cup of coffee, and continue the grind. Now it’s 5pm and frazzled parent is headed out the door again, this time to Timmy’s soccer practice, still not sure what dinner will be, while worker-bee is sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on 400 about to eat his/her arm off because he/she has had all of 500 calories today. When Mommy FINALLY gets the kids to bed no wonder she finds herself buried in a carton of Moose Tracks, half way through a bottle of wine! A few doors down, our working friend sits in front of the TV, box of cereal on one side, and an empty 6 pack of Bud Light on the other. See where I’m going with this? These may be somewhat extreme examples, but not at all uncommon. And please believe me when I say, NO JUDGEMENT here…been there, done that! Mental stress from the demands of our ever busier lifestyle, on top of physiological stress from either under eating, or simply from lack of enjoyment from the food we do eat all lead to night time munchies.”
All to familiar? We have all been there.
Here are two tips to begin reversing this nighttime curse! Whether you have a lot of weight to lose, or just want to feel better and have more energy, there are two things to take away from reading this.
Please do not starve yourself during the day
Learn how to say NO!
More to come about this topic next week! STAY TUNED!