5 Snacking Mistakes That Cause You to Gain Weight

After a jam-packed day of eating right| staying active| and other healthy choices| the last thing you want to do is undo all your hard work just minutes before bedtime. Make sure you stay on the right track by avoiding these late-night eating mistakes.

Mistake #1: Going to Sleep Too Full

Going to sleep on a full stomach can cause discomfort and disrupted sleep| which can wreak havoc on your waistline by causing you to hold on to belly fat and eat more. Make sure you eat dinner at least a few hours before bedtime; if you need a snack later on| keep it under 200 calories.

Mistake #2: Eating the Wrong Thing

It’s not just when you eat| but what. Eating the wrong foods late at night can also leave you wishing you could just drift off to slumber. Avoid greasy| high-fat| heavy-protein foods if you want to catch more weight-regulating Z’s; a small amount of lean protein and a little carb should be your go-to option. Find out other types of foods you should avoid late at night here.Mistake #3: Going to Bed Hungry

You may think that going to bed with a grumbling stomach will help your body burn off more fat while you sleep| but studies have shown this isn’t the case. In fact| going to bed hungry may actually cause you to lose muscle instead ¡ª which| in turn| slows down your fat-burning potential. Keep your metabolism soaring by having a small| 150-calorie snack before you climb into bed.

Mistake #4: Not Factoring In Your Snack

You’ve powered down for the day and put your food journal away| but don’t think that those late-night nibbles don’t add up. If you’re sticking to a weight-loss plan| make sure you keep track of any postdinner calories| so you’re not left wondering why the number on the scale doesn’t budge. If you know you like to have a snack before going to bed| making sure you’ve “saved” a few calories from the day can help you stick to your limits.

Mistake #5: Starving All Day| Feasting All Night

There’s nothing you like more than relaxing on the couch with a bowl of ice cream| so you pick at your dinner just so you can indulge before bedtime. This is a recipe for disaster; not only are you almost guaranteeing an uncomfortable night with a full stomach| saving your “cheats” for after dinner and beyond can lead to an unhealthy cycle of junk food and regret. Try to disassociate your late-night snack with unhealthy foods| and focus on eating regularly throughout the day and having a healthy snack after dinner only if you’re hungry.

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