Eating food items or snacks in the night time is part of the American approach of life. Following a difficult day at work, you arrive home, plop yourself down in front of the television set, and automatically begin eating-a bag of potato chips here, a pint of ice cream there, a package of cookies. By the time the evening news comes on, you have ingested inside just a couple of several hours more calories and fat than would be appropriate for your entire day. Night is the time to decompress, to do things which are personally satisfying to you, like looking at television, studying, chatting to good friends, and enjoying with the children.

Unfortunately, whether you are resting or doing house chores-consuming significant portions of calories without being aware is just about the easiest method to mess up any weight loss plan. It is incredibly frequent to make undesirable snack and beverage choices between supper and breakfast the next morning. This period of time is when we have the smallest amount of control over our urges and make the worst type of meal possible choices. Really few people are satisfied with celery or perhaps carrot sticks as snacks, particularly with large bags of potato chips, pastries, or ice cream close by. In reality, men and women who are happy with well-balanced treats in all probability do not have a body-weight issue in the first place.

Opposite to popular view, all of the proof proves that evening hours eating, even right before going to sleep, carries no consequence on weight gain or loss. The problem is not at which time of the day you consume, but exactly how many calories you eat in total.

The balance between how much you take in and how much you burn off will determine whether you had a caloric shortage that day, whether you matched up your needs, or, worst case scenario, consumed more calories than you used up.

The tip for night time eaters is not to deny yourself of all evening food, but to instead make cleverer selections.

Regardless of ones pattern of night time eating, the first step to getting it under control is to stop bringing “bad” foods into your home. If pastries, candies, and these rich and creamy ice creams are not at your house at ten PM, 11 PM or three AM, you cannot eat them.

Two kinds of eating habits exist with regard to the period between dinner and your morning meal. The very first, the “munchies,” is the most common, although inadequately handled. This is carried out by individuals who get started eating after dinner and eat something until they go to sleep. Almost 75% of all people today with weight problems fit into this group and for many, this is the major root cause of their weight gain.

The second type of nocturnal eating occurs when the individual awakens from sleep, moves to the kitchen, and eats whatever he or she can get. Referred to as “night eating,” this is a well-recognized medical syndrome. The Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is both a sleep and an eating disorder. Experiments from centers that treat weight problems indicate that Twelve percent of obese people suffer from it.

This behavior pattern usually involves significant mood disorder and often responds well to selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs, i.e., Prozac®, Zoloft®, etc.). It is often associated with the habit of skipping meals, the absence of hunger in the morning, and severe mood disturbances through the day. In these cases, more than 50 percent of one’s daily caloric intake occurs after dinner.

Differentiating between these two types of nocturnal eating patterns from a therapy viewpoint is crucial. Individuals with the night time “munchies” most likely possess lifestyle problems, and the “munchies” are a dysfunctional behavior that they have experienced all their lives. These people will have to master how to make wiser decisions. Men and women with Night-eating syndrome should first try a few easy changes such as removing high calorie snacks from the home and replacing them with lower calorie, sugar free snacks.
In addition night eaters need to keep some of the carbs like loaves of bread in the deep freeze and remove leftovers in the fridge since these are the kinds of snack foods consumed at night.
If this does not deliver the results, they will need to seek the treatment of a medical doctor who specializes in this problem.

Author's Bio: 

Richard Lipman M.D, board certified endocrinologist, internist & weight loss expert has treated tens of thousands of adults, children and families with weight & metabolic disorders. He is the author 4 new diet books including
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