Even if you have no problem faithfully sticking to healthy food choices during the day, the hours between finishing work and going to sleep can be plagued by pitfalls that can send weight-loss plans veering off course.
At the end of a busy day, food can go from simple sustenance to a source of relaxation and even stress relief. “Often the food choices we make at night are impulse foods and cravings we give in to as inhibitions lessen with fatigue,” explains Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, author of the Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. As a result, the evening hours can become prime time for loading up on empty calories that fail to fill you up — and trigger the body to store more fat, she notes.
It doesn’t have to be this way, of course. By building healthier nighttime eating habits, you can train yourself to avoid the obstacles that stand in the way of your weight-loss goals. Stay tuned for eight smart strategies to try.
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