Old habits seem impossible to break sometimes.
That’s probably why it took me sooooo long to break the habit of eating my last meal of the day, sitting in front of the television, around 8 or 9 o’clock at night.
For me, no food was more perfect for this occasion than a bowl of strawberry ice cream (the kind with real strawberries). I’m not going to even guess the calorie count on that single bowl. I am sure it was an obscene number.
It’s a bad habit that I picked up when I was pregnant with my 3rd (and final) child.
But, I’m not the only one… and it’s not just a woman thing, either.
Millions of people have a craving for late night cuisine. For many it was even considered somewhat taboo. I remember a commercial on television (I forget what they were trying to sell) with an image of the “overweight hubby” sneaking into a dark kitchen and opening up the fridge door, illuminating a his guilty face with the refrigerator light.
For some, it’s sweets… like pie or ice cream. For others, it’s more innocent, like having a late dinner because of work schedules. For others, it’s just empty calories… like sugary cereal or soda pop.
Taco Bell, not long ago, tried to banish the cloud of negativity surrounding this nocturnal splurge by giving the occasion a name: Fourth Meal.
But, regardless of what it is or why you do it, you are doing yourself a great disservice by putting anything in your mouth after 6 pm… with the exception of ice water. For example: Ketogenic Diet Plan
It’s been shown in many studies that your body’s metabolism ramps down when you start to settle in at night… and slows to a crawl when you go to bed. The food you eat after 6 pm doesn’t get burned as fuel (your body simply doesn’t require it), and your body is much more likely to store it as fat.
This technique can be a very effective instrument in your weight loss arsenal.