Are you having trouble avoiding after-dinner snacking?
It seems so straight forward….
- Eat your low glycemic meals
- Avoid after-dinner snacking
- Get to bed
However, it can be tough, even for individuals who are good at making wise dietary decisions.
In fact, many of my clients struggle with these issues, even the ones who have made substantial progress and had weight loss and body fat success.
And by the way, avoiding after-dinner eating is one of the best ways to keep your insulin levels low, which will help you to lose weight and drop body fat.
But why is it so hard, even if you know better?
The answer is multifaceted and is different for many people but ultimately it is behavioral.
You’re simply just used to it.
So I’d like to show you one of my tricks that helps me avoid eating after dinner.
After dinner each night, I’d brush my teeth.
While that may seem silly and simplistic, it can be enough.
Just changing the taste in my mouth from ‘eating’ to ‘clean’ is often enough to break the habit.
Furthermore, I don’t want to keep brushing my teeth several times each night.
To my surprise (and delight), this really works well!
When I started brushing my teeth right after dinner, I stopped grabbing food.
My unwillingness to get up and brush my teeth all over again made snacking feel less exciting.
If anything, I ended up drinking more water after dinner, instead.
And that also helped curb any cravings.
Another trick…to avoid after-dinner eating.
Yes, just taking your daily fish oil after dinner can help diminish cravings.
In fact, many dietary fats can help cut the cravings:
- Macadamia nut oil
- Olive oil
- MCT oil
And the reason is that Fats provide satiety (they satisfy).
But Fish Oil in particular is exceptionally good and has been tested.
Researchers from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Excitingly demonstrated that DHA largely reversed the sugar/carbs cravings in the brain.
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is essential to the brain and can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon.
The challenge with salmon usually becomes the quantity. We’d need to eat salmon two to three times per day to get adequate amounts of DHA/EPA Omega-3 fats.
The brain and the body are not able to manufacture DHA; it has to come through our diet.
That is why it is much easier to take in the form of a dietary supplement.
I must admit, I am accustomed to taking my Omega-3 fish oil in the morning.
However, many clients have told me they find it much more effective for breaking sugar cravings if they take at night or split 1/2 in AM and 1/2 in PM.