You may be familiar with the saying, ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’, for health and weight control but the reality is that many of us still enjoy, and look forward to our largest meal at night.
Even if dinner remains relatively light, with loads of salad and vegetables and a portion controlled serve of lean meat, more often than not we’re also munching on a few snacks while we make dinner, enjoying sweet treats post-dinner and sometimes even a wine or two that leaves us with a complete calorie overload. Over time, this inevitably leads to weight gain, and a deeply entrenched habit of eat far too much at night.
So, if overeating at night is holding you back from reaching your weight loss goals, here are the simple steps to help you eat a whole lot less throughout the evening…
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Have a substantial afternoon snack
One of the reasons that we tend to overdo the calories at night, is that we have not eaten enough throughout the afternoon, and arrive home late afternoon with low blood glucose levels and a drive to eat everything in sight.
Factoring in a filling, nutrient-rich snack a couple of hours before dinner will help to take the edge off your hunger, and help you to make considered choices about the foods you choose and the volumes you consume through the evening.
Good snack options include at least one vegetable such as a red capsicum or carrot for bulk along with some protein via cheese and crackers, a nut or protein bar or Greek yoghurt with berries.
Supercharge the veggies
It has repeatedly been shown that simply increasing your portions of low-calorie salad and veggies at dinner is one of the easiest ways to reduce the calorie load of any meal without reducing the overall size of the meal. This means that adding in a veggie-based broth as an entrée, …….