How Late Are You Snacking?
By Meggan Larson
I used to be a notorious night time snacker. I was never quite as bad as my husband, who I can still hear at times rifling through the fridge at all hours of the night, but still I often ate pretty soon before going to sleep. It’s challenging for your body to burn those calories (even on plan ones) if you eat and go to sleep almost immediately afterwards. It can result in stalling your weight loss or even worse – causing weight gain! I’ve been on plan for over 3 years now and one of the fastest and most surefire ways of dropping a few pounds in a week if I’m stalled is…
…to cut out the late evening snacking. I do my best to stop eating around 8pm because I am usually in bed by 11pm. I used to finish a snack around 10:30pm and head to bed just a few minutes later. And I’m not talking about a ½ cup of FP pudding either. I’m talking about a big bowl of buttery crossover popcorn right as I’m finishing the night. (Does this make you feel better about some of the choices you’ve been making lately? Good. Let’s keep this safe zone real.) Doing this didn’t always make me stall but I’m sure it slowed down my progress significantly and who wants to do that? Sometimes we think that it’s just a little thing so it’s not that big of a deal, but the truth is, the little things add up and before you know it you’ve stalled for months and can’t figure out why and the reason is tied up in all of the “little things”.
Do yourself a favor and cut out those small and seemingly insignificant habits that could be hindering you from getting to where you want to be. I’ll admit, sometimes that bowl of popcorn is totally worth it. Most of the time though, it isn’t and I can do without. Make yourself a hot drink and curl up with a good movie or book. Don’t get weighed down (pun intended) with nasty little habits that you know deep down you can do without. Make a better choice and enjoy that snack a couple of hours earlier. 😉
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!