Are you one of those people who finish cleaning up from dinner and get comfortable on the couch while trying to wind down from your long day? Do you then become hungry again and want to snack or munch on something? Don’t feel bad, it has happened to all of us. This could be a result in eating wrong all throughout your day. If we eat small healthy meals/snacks throughout the day to keep our metabolism going, we won’t binge eat during the evening hours. Our bodies are difficult to please and our metabolisms don’t always work out the way we want them to, so stick to a schedule that works for your lifestyle.
Eating late at night can make losing weight and living healthy very difficult. I say eating late as opposed to a specific time because everyone has different schedules and plans meals at different times. I typically eat dinner around 8pm every night, but I don’t go to bed right away and I don’t snack afterwards. Our bodies don’t know nor do they care if it is 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, or even 9pm. We have all heard it is bad to eat after a certain time at night and yes it isn’t healthy to eat late and night right before you go to bed. However, if you are going to eat at 9pm and stay awake until 12am your body will have time to break down those foods. When we eat right before bed-time the body stores those late night calories as opposed to burning them off with daily movements.
If you are finding that you are hungry and want to snack post dinner, this could be a result in hormone imbalances. Your body may be looking for more food to satisfy it’s craving for a late night snack. If this is you, maybe you should look into getting your appetite hormone levels checked. Your body has 4 main hormones that regulate your appetite. They are, Insulin, Leptin, Ghrelin, and Peptide YY. You also want to consider Cortisol (which is a stress hormone) because when our stress levels rise, we tend to not only snack but snack on unhealthy foods.
Make your appointment today with Dr. Frank at the Frank Institute so that he can discuss how to get your hormone levels in check to help your late night snacking habits. Our Weightloss RT program works really well with our hormone optimization therapy and is proven to get your pounds down safely and quickly.