I just came across an article that – at least for me – was life-changing. You see, I am usually always hungry, late at night. I get home from work and after catching up with my family and cooking dinner, I stay up late catching up on my Netflix series. I already ate dinner, but for some reason, 2 hours later, I get these horrible cravings. I had to find a way to get late night snacks for weight loss.
Now I know that if these cravings are often satisfied, I will undoubtedly gain weight. Because I gain weight just by staring at food, sometimes. So most of the time, I go to bed feeling hungry. Sleep is not always great, let me tell you. But If I end up indulging, then sometimes I have a hard time going back to sleep (According to my know-it-all-sister-in-law, this is due to my stomach trying to metabolize the meal I just ate, at 12 am).
So what was I supposed to do, then?
The first solution that came to mind, was to stop watching series late at night. If I changed my sleeping habits, then I could also change my eating habits as well. But have you tried to change your sleeping patterns all at once? I was up all night, not being able to sleep at all.
My next solution was to cut dinner from my schedule, in order to be able to eat my snacks while watching my series. Problem with that was that I was even more hungry when my cravings hit me and I ended up eating dinner leftovers in bed. My husband was starting to get annoyed. On top of that, I had gained 3 pounds in 2 days by doing this. So I stopped.
Then I pretty much spent the next few weeks fighting the cravings like I had done in the past or caving into them. That is until I read this article in Women´s Health Mag that talked about healthy Bedtime Snacks that actually helped you lose weight! The food gods had answered my prayers!
I will share my knowledge with all of you, and hopefully you will be as grateful as I was when I read the article!
Who doesn’t love cheese as late night snacks for weight loss? And you can have it in bed at ghastly hours too! One serving of this snack contains filling protein and fat, so you feel satiated—and it only packs about 80 calories. Cheese also packs the amino acid tryptophan, which may help make you sleepy.
Non-fat Greek Yogurt
Non-fat greek yogurt recipes are great as late night snacks for weight loss. For about 100 to 150 calories, you get the relaxing powers of tryptophan from the dairy, as well as satisfying protein. Plus, yogurt can help calm your stomach, so you’re less likely to wake up with heartburn or indigestion and instead can score a good night’s rest.
White Meat Turkey
Two slices of turkey are loaded with sleep-inducing tryptophan (no wonder you’re so sleepy after those massive holiday dinners, right?) and low-fat, high-quality protein. A few slices won’t run you more than 100 calories.
Apple and a Spoonful of Peanut Butter
Apples have lots of fiber and a satisfying crunch. The protein in the peanut or almond butter also fills you up without feeling heavy in your stomach.
Nonfat Chocolate Pudding
We’re totally loving this one—the creamy chocolate pudding goes down easy, but it doesn’t contain the fat that can sit in your belly like a rock all night. One single-serve pack racks up about 90 calories.