7 Tips to Help Prevent Getting Hungry at Night
Nothing can sabotage good eating habits like a late-night box of pizza or bowl of ice cream. When hunger strikes, it can be hard to resist indulging in a midnight snack. However, studies show that those who eat late at night consume an average of 400 more calories overall than those who don’t. It's not just the number of calories — the type of snack one usually grabs for is not always the most nutrient-dense, which will throw off your daytime healthy habits.
Why do we commonly get so hungry after dinner?
“Many people are so busy during the day that they skip breakfast or lunch,” says Celebrity Nutritionist Samantha F. Grant. “By the time night rolls around, they are starving.” Serotonin levels also drop at night, which causes us to reach for food in hopes of upping our happy brain chemical. Many people have also formed habits over the years that lead to late-night eating, such as snacking while watching TV or enjoying dessert after dinner.
Overeating at night can have negative effects on your body, including indigestion and heartburn. “Foods can also trigger hormone responses that can meddle with sleep behaviors and circadian rhythm,” says Lauren Cornell, RD.
If you’re getting caught up in those late night burger runs or feel a need to indulge in a large meal before bed, here are some tips from a few nutritionists to help your stomach from growling into the late hours of the night.