You’ve been there, I’ve been there. It’s about 1:30 am and you wake up craving something sweet. You have the midnight munchies. I’ve seen way too many people fall into this trap. It’s more serious than you think. This can be the difference maker when trying to achieve your idealshape. While I was growing up, my family and I would have to hide anything close to chocolate at night because my mom would wake up every single night with a major hunger monster attack and didn’t stop until she had chocolate. Once I woke up in the night and she was eating my Halloween candy I’d stashed in my dresser!
This is a serious concern. I know most of you do it. I’ll admit I’m guilty as well. Having the midnight munchies isn’t just waking up and snacking, it’s snacking right before you go to bed as well. There’s a couple of reasons why late night snacking isn’t the best idea.
You don’t wake up saying “I’m craving celery!” It’s usually chocolate or something sugary. Something that won’t benefit you.
Another problem is you eat that junk and then you go to bed. You’re body isn’t moving so it isn’t burning the calories it normally would and your metabolism is slower. What that means is all 721 calories of chocolate chip cookies you just ate is going straight to those hips. Give your body some time to burn a few calories instead of storing every single one.
Some studies suggest that eating right before you sleep disrupts your sleep and you won’t get the quality sleep that you need. Your body is working too hard to digest the food you just ate so you can’t get into the proper sleep cycle you need and missing out on quality sleep can really hurt you.
As a general rule, I try not to eat about one hour before I go to bed. Since I did that I noticed a real difference in how I feel. I definitely get better sleep because my entire body can rest. And I noticed I feel much lighter, and being the weight fluctuator I am, I notice that my weight changes less.
It can be difficult to curb your midnight munchies, but the benefits make it so worth it. I challenge you to try this and apply it to your life.