Eat When You are Hungry (Even if it's After 9 p.m.)
Sorry Bob Greene, we have to disagree with you on this one. Sure, in a perfect world, we’d close the kitchen by 8pm and be in bed by 10 p.m. But in our world, where evening workouts, work obligations and PTA meetings often run late, no eating after 9 p.m. isn’t always realistic.
And the good news is, there is no real concrete evidence to support the idea that eating after a certain time at night is what makes you gain weight. Late night eating often gets a bad rap because it is true that our bodies tend to do less activity at night, and some folks are more prone to indulge in evening snacking. And, consuming a large meal and then heading off to bed is a recipe for heartburn and nightmares.
So what’s a late night hungry gal to do? Forget starving yourself. If you are really hungry, then eat something. But if you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple, then you aren’t really hungry. “Select food with the fewest ingredients with the fewest syllables”, says Lisa Hall, author of Taking Charge of Your Own Health. Fill up on the quality stuff – fruits, veggies, lean proteins and whole grains.
The bottom line? Eat when you are hungry, just enough, with healthy, unprocessed food – no matter what time it is.
Try it today: If you know you have to eat dinner late, make lunch the largest meal of the day and try a salad and soup or have breakfast for dinner.