It is not uncommon to feel hungry in the middle of night, especially for people who stay up till late. This usually happens over the weekends when we are watching a lot of TV or during the week when we are working too late. If you eat dinner at 8:30 and are still awake at midnight, it is normal to feel hungry! Most people will rush to the refrigerator and finish off the remaing pizza from dinner, or polish off a big bowl of icecream.
If you are trying to lose weight, your last meal of the day is very important. What you eat and at what time you eat as the last meal affects your progress or decline. This is why experts say nobody should eat later than 8 pm. But if you have to have a midnight snack, it should certainly not be pizza or icecream. This is simply because your body will not be able to utilize so much energy while you sleep, so most likely the energy from these snacks will be stored as fat in your body.
If you wish to enjoy a midnight snack and not put on any weight, here are a few ideas.
- Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a well balanced mini meal. A bowl will provide moderate amounts of nutrients and will help in keeping your digestive system in good working order.
- Milk and cereal: Like oatmeal, this snack is also great as it provides energy and helps in sleeping well too.
- Banana: A banana will give you adequate energy, there is no preparing or cleanup involved. Awesome, right?
- Popcorn: If you love munching on crisps and chips in the night, replace your bowl of crisps with a bowl of popcorn. Give the butter a miss, add in a bit of cheese if you like.
- Yogurt with berries: Yogurt is great to satisfy sweet cravings, add in a serving of your favorite berries or other fruit to make it more delightful.
Your midnight snack should neither be too calorie dense, nor too carby. It should not be too much protein either. The ideal snack should provide a moderate amount of energy and nutrients without being too heavy.