If you are hungry, can't sleep, and need a midnight snack, that will not be a problem if you know what to eat and why to eat it. The last thing you need when dieting is a restless night, leaving you feeling fatigued in the morning with a full day of dieting ahead of you.
Midnight Snack Tips
It is better to indulge in a sensible midnight snack than not. Reach for a high protein snack when you have the munchies, and skip the high fat ones. Avoid eating desserts high in sugars after dinner. They will cause an insulin rush in your body, and you will be starving before bed time. Exercising within 3 hours of bedtime will also increase hunger later in the evening, especially in dieters. Aim to get your workouts in early to avoid this problem.
Midnight Snack Ideas
Smart midnight snacks would include:
- Snack sized pre-packaged Jell-O pudding
- Pre-packaged protein shake
- A glass of milk
- 1 serving of string cheese with 5 whole wheat crackers
- Lunch deli meats with low fat cheese rolled up
- Low fat yogurt with nuts or fruit
- Crackers and peanut butter
Diet and exercise smart, and plan for midnight hunger before it comes (because it will come). Plan ahead to circumvent obstacles, and to succeed at dieting. And go ahead and have your healthy midnight snack guilt-free.