Have you ever brushed your teeth and gotten ready to sleep but suddenly the image of a burger with melted cheese and fries flashed before your eyes and next thing you know you are ordering junk food? We’ve all been there! The moment of truth comes the next morning when we feel bloated and the number on the scale goes crazy. No need to panic, though! We are here to help you understand why you get those hunger strikes and how you can overcome them:
WHY DO YOU FEEL HUNGRY AT NIGHT?
1. Not respecting dinner enough
Having insufficient dinner is a top reason you get those hunger strikes. This has nothing to do with the portions, but you may have had an unwholesome meal that doesn’t include proteins, vitamins, or other nutrients needed to satisfy hunger.
2. Not eating enough
Having at least three meals, and preferably also two snacks, a day is a must! Hunger strikes happen when you delay or ignore one of your daily meals. If you had all your daily meals, you wouldn’t feel so hungry at night.
3. Drinking at night
Having sugary or soft drinks at evening affect the body’s insulin levels; making you feel extremely hungry at night.
5 Simple Tips to Overcome Night Hunger:
1. Drink first, eat later.
Your brain can often confuse hunger and thirst signals together. So drink a full glass of water, whenever you feel hungry at night. It is an effective way to fill the stomach and fight night hunger.
2. Stock up on Snacks
You must keep a prepared healthy snack at the fridge, to eat it when you feel extremely hungry at night. This snack should include green salad or fruits.
3. Give your teeth a flavor.
It’s a simple, yet effective trick. If you used a flavored toothpaste, your appetite could be decreased. In addition, avoiding re-brushing your teeth will grant you losing your desire for food, who wants to brush their teeth twice every night?
4. Stay stress-free
It was scientifically proven that the desire to eat at night is largely related to stress. You seek food for emotional support not for nutritional value.
5. Get active.
If you are used to eating snacks while watching TV during the night, try to change this habit and do other interesting activities instead, such as reading, sewing, or exercising; i.e. you can walk on the treadmill and listen to music. Remember that boredom is the main reason behind the desire for food, while you are not really hungry. So try to engage yourself in some activities at night to avoid any feeling of boredom.
In a nutshell, try not to stay up late at night, as it increases your appetite, and also puts a burden on your health. Try also not to have an early dinner and then go to sleep late. It’s recommended to have your dinner three hours before your sleeping time to avoid midnight hunger pangs!