What do you do if you get very hungry at night? According to the US Department of agriculture’s weight control information network website, “it does not matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.”
I disagree. But then again, I believe in practicing some form of intermittent fasting if you wish to lose fat. I also recommend working out to gain muscle.
Northwestern University researchers found that eating at night led to twice as much weight gain – even win total calories consumed were the same. I got this information from web M.D. And then again, this study was done on mice.
What should you do if you find yourself completely and totally starving at night? I have three tips:
1. Drink water
The culprit might be dehydration. Try to drink water first. It probably won’t be satisfying enough as the thought of a slice of pizza or hunk of cheese or something more substantial like a bowl of full fat pasta with meatballs. So if after you drink your water, you are still hungry, let’s move on to the next tip:
2. Eat raw vegetables or raw fruit
Raw vegetables or fruit or nutrient dense foods. They have a low number of calories and make you feel full. If you are truly hungry, fruit or vegetables should satisfy you. If you want something with more saturated fat, salt or sugar then perhaps your desire for food is rooted in emotion? Maybe it is a force of habit? Or maybe you haven’t eaten enough calories during the day!
3. Eat more calories during the day
Figure out how many calories you need to eat during the day and eat them. Eat enough calories! That way, when it comes tonight time you won’t be starving.
What foods should you eat at night? If you are super hungry, I suggest a lean protein with vegetables. Best is just fruit and vegetables. But if you were super hungry go for a lean protein like chicken breast, lentils, turkey or seafood. What should you not eat at night? Stay away from alcohol, soda, chocolate, cheese, nuts, citrus, coffee or anything very high in fat. Why stay away from citrus at night? Because it is highly acidic. Drinking or eating highly acidic foods at night can cause some people to have acid reflux, or “silent reflux” and get sore throats, chronic coughs or difficulty swallowing.
Do you get hungry at night? What do you do? What do you eat? Leave me a question or comment and I’ll get back to you!