• Emma Green

Why you struggle with evening snacking

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

Photo credit: Kim Burrows

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with snacking, either in the evening or at other times of the day. However, I've noticed a lot of people struggle with overeating in the evenings, usually on snack foods. Here are 3 reasons that cause this: You eat boring food: Often when people try to eat healthily, they end up eating bland and boring foods, which makes them feel mentally restricted. This doesn't have to be the case, there are so many ways to make healthy food that is also delicious. When you make your food tasty, you will feel so much more satisfied during the day and will be much more able to make mindful decisions about food in the evening. 2. You backload your calories: This is a pattern I observe quite frequently. Backloading calories refers to 'saving' a lot of your food for the evening (either intentionally or unintentionally). The problem with this approach is that you tend to leave yourself hungry during the day, low on energy so that when it gets to the evening you are absolutely famished and are more likely to overeat. When you spread your daily intake more evenly over the course of the day, you keep energy levels and hunger much more stable, which helps you feel more balanced throughout the day. 3. You don't make time to destress: So many people spent much of the day feeling super stressed and don't make time to relax and unwind in the evening. The 'grind' mentality means that people often feel guilty for giving themselves this time to just chill because they feel like they should be constantly productive. When you give yourself the time to relax, it is much easier to make decisions about food that make you feel good, rather than eating foods that you are only drawn to when you are stressed.

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