Nightly binge eating is a problem everyone faces at some time or another according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity. Through eating late-night snacks, people are more likely to gain weight, reduce their appetite in the morning, and perpetuate a hormone cycle which encourages unhealthy nightly binge eating. In this article, we will give you three easy ways to reduce nightly binges in order to put you on the right track towards a healthier lifestyle.
TIP 1: Set an Eating Curfew
By creating a schedule for when to stop eating, you will allow your body to adjust to a new hormone cycle which will subdue hunger late at night. A good way to enforce this is to brush your teeth at the start of your “Eating Curfew” and if you begin to feel hungry, drink water. This may seem difficult at first, but it will be easier as the days go on, especially if you follow the next two tips.
TIP 2: Eat Breakfast
According to the study, a lot of people tend to skip breakfast due to lack of hunger or time. The truth is, people are not hungry in the morning due to their night binging and their eating cycle. In order to reset this unhealthy habit, you must begin to eat a nutritious breakfast to start out the day. Results of the study found that participants who had a large breakfast in the morning had lower levels of the hormone ghrelin which makes people hungry, and higher levels of the satiety hormone, peptide YY, by the time the evening came.
TIP 3: RELAX
In the conclusion of the study it became clear that the main source of hunger at the end of the day was stress. Throughout the day find times to take time for yourself to destress in whatever way works best for you. This may be writing your thoughts, breathing exercises, or practicing mindfulness! Anything that helps you relax a little during a stressful day will help tremendously to reduce nightly binging.
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