“I’ll see less of you next week,” was the signature sign-off of my favorite Weight Watchers lecturer from years gone by. Regrettably, it’s actually more of me in spite of my best efforts. I couldn’t believe it. I’m cutting those vegetables, piling them high on my plate, weighing portions, and choking down enormous glasses of water. I wanted to report how well I was doing. I barely consumed the 26 daily allotted points for crying out loud. So, why the weight gain?
“Did you just have a cup of coffee?” No.
“Did you eat a lot of high sodium foods?” No.
“Did you eat before you went to bed?” Huh?
According to Nutrition News, one common mistake people make is they eat too much after dinner. As it happens, that’s especially when people should limit their sugar and fat intake to 5g. Research published in the American Journal of Nutrition in October of 2008, reports that those who consume snack foods at night are prone to weight gain. Those who overeat during evening hours are also more prone to weight gain. I can’t believe it! I’ve been going about this all wrong. I plan the entire day around my nighttime respite. I wait to enjoy a delicious snack before hitting the sack. And I paid for it on weigh-in day. I’ll be making some changes now. What’s your strategy for eating at night?