The body’s number one priority is to breakdown and utilize nutrients from the foods we eat, and to eliminate the wastes. Sleep is when your body likes to repair, recover, and rejuvenate. If you regularly go to bed with a belly full of late night meals or snacks, you are robbing your body’s chance to put all energy towards repair and recovery.
Officially, the jury is still out on whether or not eating late increases weight overtime or not. But for the reasons stated above, and common sense says to me, you have a better chance of maintaining your ideal weight and physique if you are burning calories with activity and movement, rather than sleeping on a bunch of unused calories consumed at days end.
I’m hungry at 9,10,11 p.m. What can I do?
1. Try brushing your teeth, most people don’t want to eat after brushing their teeth.
2. Drink a full glass of water.
3. Drink hot herbal tea. NO SWEETENERS!
I’m hungry in the morning if I don’t eat late!
That is a good thing! Great opportunity to refuel and start the day with nutrient dense, energizing whole foods! Allow your body to take it’s time to adapt to new things. With change there is bound to be some discomfort. Just know that it won’t last forever, and that in the end these gradual changes should eventually make you feel great!
What if I have to work late?
Plan ahead! Bring dinner to eat on your break, consume more food at lunch and mid-day, and have a healthy dinner snack. Use the tips above for when you get home from work. A lot of what we do is habit, so sometimes we just have to create new ones.
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