Late Night Snacking And Fat Loss – The Connection If you’re on a fat loss diet plan, you may have heard (or read!) that late night snacking should be banned from your daily life now. If you eat late at night, you might as well count that food to go straight to your hips. But, is this really accurate? Before you ban yourself from your kitchen beyond 8 PM, there are a few things that you should know. In many cases, late night snacking can actually help, not hinder your results. Here’s what to know. What You Are Eating Matters The first thing that you need to know is that what you eat makes a big difference here. When most people snack at night, they aren’t eating a grilled chicken salad. No. They’re eating chips, chocolate, ice cream, and anything else ‘snack’ related they can get their hands on. For some, it’s a full-on pantry raid. If this describes your situation, it should be very clear why this is hindering fat loss results. You shouldn’t be eating those foods at any point in the day, so eating them before bed is definitely not a wise move. If, however, you eat something that’s healthy, low in carbs (since you won’t be needing the energy while you sleep), and that provides a good dose of healthy fats, you’ll be fueling your body well into the overnight hours. Tracking Your Serving Size The next thing to consider is how much you are eating. This is another big problem that plagues many people. Even eating one small cookie for instance may not be the end of the world, but for most people, it’s not one small cookie. They have their hand in the cookie box and don’t stop until it reaches the bottom. Portion control late at night is incredibly important. Most people eat while sitting in front of the TV or computer, meaning they aren’t consciously paying attention to how much they are eating. This can translate into far too many calories being consumed. Track your serving sizes and make sure that you are eating the right level. Planning For The Snack Finally, last but not least, plan for this snack . If you know that you want to have a small healthy snack of say 200-300 calories for instance, build it into your day. Focus on cutting back your food intake earlier on during the day so that you can make room for that extra energy. Remember that at the end of the day, what determines fat loss or fat gain is your total calorie balance. As long as that snack doesn’t put you over your limit, you should not be gaining weight from it. So there you have a few tips on late night snacking and how it relates to fat loss. Many people who ban food late at night end up feeling deprived and this itself can lead to a binge, so allowing yourself a small, portion controlled healthy snack can actually help you stick to your diet better, seeing superior results. What do you eat before you tuck yourself into bed? About the Author: FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box ! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|