“Yo, I got the late night munchies so bad right now.”
“You know what would be AWESOME right about now?”
“A back massage?”
“No. Well, yes. But also – LATE NIGHT WHATABURGER!”
“HELLLLL YES DUDE! LET’S GO!”
How many times has this happened to you? You’re out on a night with friends, boozin’ it up, and you suddenly get a craving for a Whataburger Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit. Or some dank food truck fries. Or even some snacks at home.
You don’t need me to tell you that this is pretty terrible for your diet. You already know that.
But how do you stop doing it?
The first step is recognizing all the causes.
1) You’re hungry.
…That’s about it. If you’re eating out of boredom, anger, or emotional baggage, this post is not for you.
The answer is pretty simple, really:
Eat enough in your last meal so that you fall asleep before you get hungry.
What does this mean? Let me give you an example.
I usually eat dinner at 8 PM. I usually go to bed at 11 PM. That’s 3 hours. So in order to prevent myself from reaching in the fridge at 10:50 PM, I just need to make sure my dinner has enough calories to keep me going for 3 hours. Typically, this involves a protein shake and some vegetables.
Why is this important? Well, the key is, you won’t feel hunger when you’re already asleep. That means every huge dinner you eat is a waste unless you’re planning on staying up 6 or more hours. Most people stay up maybe 4 hours after dinner. So eat enough to prevent hunger for 4 hours.
What about if you’re going out and drinking? Well, same logic applies. Before you and your friends start pre-gaming and taking shots of Jack at 10PM, eat a somewhat large dinner at 9PM so that you won’t be hungry when 2AM rolls around. (The alternative is to eat your dinner at 7PM, get hungry at 1AM, and embark on a quest for a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.)
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