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Curb Late-Night Munching

 
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Your stomach growls while watching late-night TV… are you really hungry?  Or is your body just tired, and requesting food for energy to stay up longer?

Choice #1: Go to sleep! Late night eating can cause poor quality of sleep, a slower metabolism, and heartburn. Give your body the 8 hours of rest that it needs after your challenging workouts!

Choice #2: If you truly are hungry, make a nutritious high-protein, low-fat snack.  Protein not only helps build muscle, but also keeps you satisfied all night long! Try one of these:
Choice #3: Not hungry, but can’t go to sleep just yet? Your Group Fitness Instructors are sharing their favorite tips for avoiding temptation:
  • I try to make sure I am drinking enough WATER.  I try to drink a few glasses of water before I eat anything! – Jenni
  • When I crave something late at night, I remind myself of my free day and that I can hold off until then – Jessica
  • Great planning is the best tip!  The operative word is “plan” then implement.  I have a healthy breakfast to start the day & my metabolism – Sherry 
  • Eat a late dinner so you don’t get hungry at night – Barb
  • Water, water, water – Shelia
  • Mouthwash is in the pantry so I can gargle instead of eating a snack – Erin
  • I drink A TON of water at night to keep me busy – Danielle
  • Not eating at night is hard for me, and I usually always want something sweet.  Chewing sugar-free gum is helpful, they have all the yummy “dessert” flavors – Gina
  • I make low-fat popcorn the old fashioned way and it only takes a few minutes. I put a little bit of olive oil in the bottom of a pan and pop fresh popcorn right on the stove.  Then I add a little butter salt you can buy in the popcorn section rather that adding real butter so it’s really low in fat and it tastes and smells delicious – Kim
  • I sip hot tea instead of snacking – Amy T
  • Since I teach late into the evening, dinner at our house is always around 8 p.m.  I’ve learned to eat lunch around 2 p.m., have a low-calorie, high-protein snack about an hour before I teach, then limit my dinner to something small and light – Margie

Kathie Brown

Certified NASM and AFAA Personal Trainer. Over 20 years experience. Specializes in weight loss, athletes and women body building and leaning out. Crossfit athlete, trains and competes in Crossfit competitions. Took the L1 Crossfit course and completed the judges course. Enjoys working with all levels and body types and loves seeing her clients get stronger and feel confident.

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