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Overeating At Night: How To Stop This Unhealthy Habit

A lot of people have admitted to binge eating at night. In an article published by Psychology Today, Dr. Glen Livingston, Ph.D. presented the information he gathered from three sources: those who were successful in overcoming their binge eating problem, what most clients have done to fix the problem and a number of studies surrounding the idea on nighttime overeating.

It has been said that proper nourishment during the day is necessary so that our body will not cry out for more at night. Our body needs resources even when we are sleeping because this process promotes rest and regeneration.

Nevertheless, no matter how strong your intellectual resolve may be, your brain may still want to force food into your body because it sees it as a physical emergency. In fact, scientists have found that night eaters consume about 50 percent of their daily calories after 8:00 p.m. People who have overcome nighttime overeating said that focusing on nutrition during the day typically solves it.

Here are two ways you can do to stop yourself from binge eating at night.

1. Eat your breakfast

There was a study that mentioned how “late-night overeating is associated with fewer calories consumed at breakfast and with breakfast skipping.” When you skip breakfast, our body mitigates the low-calorie intake throughout the day. As a result, this habit disrupts other mealtimes.

If you skip breakfast, you may want to have an early lunch, then an early dinner. You may also have the urge to have a second dinner or late-night snack.

2. Eat your dinner a bit late

Those who have managed to overcome their late-night overeating habits claimed that one of the many reasons as to why they ate so much at night was because of attempted fasting for long periods of time.

As explained, if you do not get enough nutrition during the day, your mealtimes are messed up. As a result, you’ll end up eating earlier and allocating time for a second dinner or a late snack. One of the best ways to avoid this is to eat dinner at a later time.

A late dinner and an early breakfast will help you control your urge to eat so much at night.

Overeating An overflowing bin full of takeaway food containers at night on March 16, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Matthew Horwood / Contributor

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