weight_loss_dietFor many of us who are trying to lose pregnancy weight, the daylight hours are when we are focused on our healthy eating plan. We eat well, snack right, and get some exercise in.
Then the sun goes down and things go a little awry.
Sound familiar? Night time overeating and snacking after dinner is a common issue that many of us face while we try to lose pregnancy weight.
The good news is that there are lots of things that you can try which will help you break those bad habits for good.

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Eat well through the day so you aren’t starving at night

Arriving home late afternoon starving is a bad move, as it can mean that reason goes out the window while you search for something to satisfy you. Be sure that you are planning for and consuming 3 main meals and 2 healthy snacks per day (check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for a day by day plan (with over 1000 recipes) of what you should be eating in order to lose weight – you can see an example of a couple of days on challenge below).

Minimise the opportunity for seconds

Once you have had a healthy dinner, full of fresh vegetables and proteins to keep you feeling full, pack any leftovers away to have for lunch tomorrow. This way there isn’t any food lying around that can end up getting polished off as you mindlessly nibble throughout the night.

Change your night time routine

Often we snack at night time when we are a bit bored. So try to make your evenings a bit more interesting – find a new series of books to get into, make a time to do some exercise such as our Exercise DVD, call a friend to catch up, paint your nails, do anything that reduced the boredom.

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Find a new way to relax

For some people, relaxing at the end of the day means sitting in front of the TV and snacking on something tasty. If you are snacking on some fresh fruit or natural yoghurt, that is going to very different to if you are snacking on chocolate, chips or ice cream. Why not introduce some new ways to relax that don’t involve the television (which can lead to mindless snacking as you are distracted). Take a bath, go for a walk, email a friend, grab a cup of herbal tea, or find a hobby that you enjoy such as drawing or listening to music.

Get rid of the junk

It’s much easier to kick the night time snacking habit if there are no unhealthy snacks to be had. Promise yourself that you won’t buy food that doesn’t fit in with your healthy eating plan. If you really are hungry, try some frozen grapes, air popped popcorn, some watermelon, a handful of nuts or a banana. You can also try  our Junk Food Detox Plan here
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Make a ‘no eating in front of the TV’ rule

It is easy to over consume food when we aren’t paying attention to what we are eating and also ignoring our body’s signals that we have had enough. Watching TV while eating dinner or a snack is likely to cause issues with weight loss, as we need to eat mindfully. Introduce a rule that you will only eat at the table (snacks too) and not while watching TV or running around after the kids.

Do something else

Night time snacking is a tough habit to break, so it pays to distract yourself if you can. Drink water, fold the laundry, do some stretches, clean out a kitchen drawer – just keep your hands busy so that you aren’t tempted.

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Choose wisely

And if you are just really hungry, just make sure you have a healthy snack – here are 21 healthy snacking ideas to help you make the right choices
Plus here are some healthy after dinner treats here
Have you got some other ideas for how to reduce the urge to snack at night time when trying to lose pregnancy weight? Jump onto our Facebook page and share them with us and over 140,000 other mums who are trying to eat well and lose post baby weight.

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