Your activity and eating patterns play an important role in the body balance success you are seeking. The typical American lifestyle pattern incorporates the majority of their activity early in the day and slows throughout the day, ending it all in front of some late night TV, while the calories are at their least in the morning and increase as the day goes on.
The typical american will skip breakfast, eat a nutritionallly naked salad at lunch,( or worse yet garb some fast food) and then settle in for a plate of pasta at night that is in such large portions it really could feed a family of four. A few peices of garlic bread, a bowl of ice cream before bed, and voila`! A great set up for obesity and chronic disease. Not only are the choices bad, but the pattern of consumption is upside down.
Food consumption should be spread equally throughout the day, in 5-6 meals, and include complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats in moderation at every meal. The majoirity of your complex carbs should come in the morning, and consuming a small amount protein with a small amount off fat before bed will help you sleep the 7-8 hours your body needs. Once you understand this process, it is easy to create your own vicious cylce for success.
Choosing protein-rich foods for late night snacks is better for you than foods that have high contents of carbohydrates. Small servings of protein-rich foods will make you feel full longer. Some of the protein-rich snacks you may consider are:
- Protein shakes
- A serving of health nuts like almonds
- A mixture of fresh fruits
- A cup of yogurt
- Rice cake and peanut butter or Nutella
- Veggie sticks with yogurt dips
This is a great strategy-One way to be prepared for late night hunger or food cravings is to set up a small space in your kitchen or refrigerator specifically for late night snacks. preparation is the key! Prepare in advance a week of healthy snacks, say on Sunday so that when your cravings for kick in late at night, it is a sure bet that what you will grab is a healthy snack.
People need a certain amount of sleep to rejuvinate and balance hormones-especially the hunger hormones. Plan to sleep 7-8 hours each night to help control binge eating and weight gain. Eating late at night can be a good thing, it is the choices you make that will make or break your goals. Plan, prepare, eat smart!