Late Night Snacks: How to Stop Midnight Snacking and Eating at Night

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Late-night snacking can result in unwanted weight gain. Dr. Kim Feinstein shares her 5 D’s to break the habit.

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No matter how committed you are to your meal plan during the daytime hours, a late-night snacking habit can result in unwanted weight gain due to a hiked-up calorie count. Since most of us are winding down from a long day, the evening is often the most vulnerable time we want to reward or entertain ourselves with mindless snacking.

Understandably, giving up late-night snacking is not as simple as pledging to stay away from the pantry. Increase your willpower and create healthier eating habits when you follow Dr. Kim’s suggested “5 D’s”.

Delay

Set a timer! Try and wait 15-20 minutes before giving into temptations so that you don’t make any rash decisions. Typical food cravings will only last for this amount of time, so give your body a chance to let the urge pass naturally.

Distract

Get in a new mindset. You can’t spontaneously eat if you’re busy doing something else. If you’re feeling hungry late at night try to read a book, take a bath, listen to music, draw a picture, answer emails, or whatever else is necessary to divert your attention. You may find that after some distraction,
you aren’t even hungry anymore.

Distance

Step away from the kitchen! Sometimes, it’s the convenience of food that makes us want it so badly. Instead of mentally torturing yourself by staring at the food you’re trying not to eat, get up and go somewhere. Whether you drive around the neighborhood or even walk to another room, increasing your distance from your desires is a sure-fire way to help get it off of your mind.

Determine

Is giving in worth it? Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of succumbing to your late-night cravings and decide how you would like to respond to your temptations. How will your goals be affected?

Decide

Make your final verdict. If all of the above skills have been utilized thoroughly and you still feel inclined to indulge, decide how much you will allow yourself to eat, where you will eat it, and how. Be mindful of how quickly you are eating, how you are portioning, and even which hand you will feed yourself with. This way, you ensure mindfulness and hopefully reduce the risk of over-indulging or binging.

Our dedicated team is here to support you as you take the first step on your journey towards a healthier and happier you. Request an appointment to get started today.

Dr. Kim Feinstein, Psy. D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Red Mountain’s Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist. She specializes in weight management, body image concerns, and eating disorders. She prides herself in her ability to educate, guide, and inspire patients to overcome obstacles and ultimately achieve their goals.

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Dr. Kim Feinstein, Psy. D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Red Mountain’s Behavioral Weight Loss Specialist. She specializes in weight management, body image concerns, and eating disorders. She prides herself in her ability to educate, guide, and inspire patients to overcome obstacles and ultimately achieve their goals.

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