10 New Weight Loss and Diet Myths and Facts
Is it a no-no to eat after 8 PM? Discover the real answer to this question and more
It's not when you eat, it's what (and how much) you eat. The reason some diets suggest you close the kitchen after enjoying the early-bird special is that people have a tendency to overeat at night, especially if they have skipped a meal during the day. "If you are finding yourself bingeing at night, chances are you are not eating anywhere near enough good calories during the day," says Borden.
Capitalize on the facts: You can eat at night, just watch what's on the menu. Borden recommends a light meal or a protein shake with water, berries and some fat: "I love UDO's OIL 3, 6, 9 blend. It's a mix of wonderful omega and nut oils that will help satiate your hunger. Not to mention help your skin, lean muscle tissue and digestion." Can't live in a world where nighttime doesn't include a bowl of something sweet or a bag of salty snacks? Try substituting fat-free yogurt or whole grain cereals with skim milk for the ice cream, and baked chips and salsa or one of those 100-calorie snack packs of crackers for the cheese doodles. Just don't over-indulge.
Mindless eating is a real danger of nighttime eating; so try not to eat in front of the TV and be wary of food-goggling (over-eating under the influence of cocktails).
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