Are you struggling with late-night cravings for carbs? You’re not alone. In this week’s Clip-Out episode, Angelo from MetPro answers listener Dwayne Pearson’s question about how to avoid craving carbs, especially at night, which can negate all of the healthy eating you’ve done that day. Angelo explains the reasons behind these cravings and provides some solutions to help break the cycle.
Your Body Craves Carbs
First, it’s important to understand that your diet throughout the day plays a crucial role in your nighttime cravings. If you’re eating a low-carb diet during the day, your body may be craving those carbs at night. To combat this, Angelo suggests incorporating some carbs throughout the day in moderation. Instead of skipping breakfast, try incorporating some healthy carbs like oatmeal, sweet potato, or squash. For lunch, aim for a balanced meal with a good mix of protein, good fats, and lots of vegetables. Balanced meals will help you avoid snacking on junk food later on.
We Use Food to Wind Down
Another reason for nighttime cravings is the psychological effect of winding down after a long day. Many of us turn to food as a form of relaxation, but this can be a dangerous cycle to fall into. Instead, try finding other activities that help you relax, such as reading, meditating, or taking a walk.
Psychologically, We Love Sugar
Finally, the physiological effects of a high-sugar diet can actually help you fall asleep faster. However, this is not a healthy solution in the long run. Instead, try snacking on frozen or chilled fruits like grapes, blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries. These types of snacks will satisfy your cravings without causing damage to your body.
Incorporate Healthy Carbs Throughout the Day to Break the Cycle
In conclusion, breaking the cycle of late-night cravings is not an easy task. However, by incorporating healthy carbs throughout the day, finding other activities to help you relax, and snacking on chilled fruits instead of junk food, you can break the cycle and, after a few days, you will find that you don’t crave sweet snacks as much and can see significant progress. Remember, it’s not about being perfect, but about setting ground rules to limit sugar intake and gradually change your habits over time.
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