Do you ever get that feeling where you’re just extremely hungry a few hours after dinner?
You try so hard to stay away from the kitchen but those food cravings aren’t going away and you need to have something just to take off that edge.
It’s really hard, especially if you’ve just started to follow Intermittent Fasting and the time you eat has changed. Maybe you’ve now stopped eating at 7 pm which is your normal dinner time but nd you’re used to having a late night snack at 10 pm. Since you’ve now stopped that snacking because you don’t want to eat that late at night your stomach doesn’t know that and all that he knows is you usually feed him at 10 pm and it’s now 10 pm damn it! He gets pissed off and starts grumbling and annoying you, FEED ME, FEED ME.
Yep, it’s a bitch. But don’t worry, I’ve got three incredibly simple tips you can follow to kill hunger cravings in their track immediately.
Herbal teas are a great way to take the edge off those cravings because they have properties that can curb appetite and they simply fill your stomach. The important thing to make note of with herbal teas is that you choose the ones that contain no calories. There are a lot of trendy tea brands coming out at the moment and they taste great, the problem is that they’re not just teas. They contain sweeteners, liquorice root (another word for sugar) and sometimes sugar itself, which means you’re breaking your fast and causing an insulin spike, which you don’t want!
Some good teas to drink at night would be:
- Decaf tea or coffee
That should be a good list for you to go and try and keep you busy for a few weeks until you find a tea you like. By the way, just make sure your tea doesn’t contain caffeine, the last thing you want to do is to be rolling around in your bed 12 am cursing my name because you can’t sleep (unless you’re a female) but I digress.
You know when you have that feeling of freshness after you clean your teeth and you don’t want to eat anything? That’s what I love about having sugar free gum after a meal because it stops me from overeating. Because sugar-free gum has that same mouth effect as toothpaste it’s a great way to stop you from running to the fridge or the pantry and wind up eating that whole jar of peanut butter (I’m definitely speaking from experience here). I would say having a piece of this after dinner would be a great idea. Although I don’t recommend chewing sugar free gum while you’re on your fast because it could raise insulin levels but If you’re just getting into intermittent fasting and you’re trying to satisfy those night time cravings a few hours after eating then this can be a good substitute at first but you eventually want to wean yourself off this and choose the teas.
Lots Of Protein And Vegetables
One mistake we tend to make is to not eat enough protein and vegetables at night time (or at any time to be honest). I for one love devouring a big piece of meat and about 1lb of pumpkin (yes you read the right) with some greens most nights of the week.
This way I am getting lots of vegetables, fibre and lean protein which will take a while for my body to digest. This means a few hours later you’re not going to have that hunger that usually comes because your body is hard at work trying to digest and put that protein to use and give you all kinds of gainzz. Also, you can never have enough vegetables, the more veggies the better I always say and you’ve never heard anyone complain that they ate too many vegetables and got fat, it just doesn’t happen.
I’ve also found that I tend to sleep better on a fuller stomach, I’m not sure why but I’ve got a feeling it’s kind of like when you have a Christmas lunch and you eat all that food then you feel like you have to lay down and have a nap. The same type of thing happens when you eat lots of vegetables, the body doesn’t want to get up and go and exercise it wants you to rest so it can do its job.
So if you want better sleep try eating a bigger dinner. I know what you’re thinking and no, eating a big dinner is not going to make you gain fat, as long as you haven’t overeaten during the day the fat monster isn’t going to do his business at night and curse you. Remember people gain weight when they eat too much food during the day, not just at one meal. This means if you eat a little less food during the day and save it for dinner time you can still kiss those love handles goodbye while eating your sweet potatoes at night.
These three simple yet powerful tips have been very helpful for myself and my clients to kill that bloody hunger monster that starts to pop up at about 10 pm and what’s that peanut butter. Eventually, your body will get used to this new way of eating and you will no longer have the night times cravings like you used to. Usually, it will take about 2 weeks for the body to adapt to your new way of eating and then one day the cravings will no longer come. In the meantime follow the tips above and it will help you get through the tough times.
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