#2 – Series on 9 Bad Eating Habits and How to Break Them
The Bad Habit: Nighttime Noshing
Diet folklore suggests that eating at night is almost never a good idea if you want to lose weight. Although many experts say this old adage is pure myth, a new animal study backs up the idea that it’s not only what you eat but also when you eat that counts. Researchers at Northwestern University found that mice given high-fat foods during the day (when these nocturnal animals should have been sleeping) gained significantly more weight than mice given the same diet at night.
The Fix: The diet take-away here? After dinner, teach yourself to think of the kitchen as being closed for the night, and brush your teeth — you’ll want to eat less with a newly cleaned mouth. If a craving hits, wait 10 minutes. If you’re still truly hungry, reach for something small like string cheese or a piece of fruit.
Written By Beth W. Orenstein
Medically reviewed by:
Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH
Published by: Wanda Govan-Jenkins, DNP, MBA, MS, RN
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