How to Stop Overeating Late at Night

This is my weakness: Overeating late at night. I can stay committed to a diet and healthy workout plan, but when I get a case of the “after hour hungries”, then there’s no stopping me. I know others probably struggle with this problem and that’s why I’d like to share some tips on how to stop overeating late at night.

Nighttime eating can cause you to eat more calories than you need and lead to weight gain. The feeling to snack at night is natural. In fact, researchers at Harvard discovered that an internal circadian rhythm causes increased appetite in the evening right around 8:00 pm. If you’re wondering what to do to, here’s some helpful tips to stop overeating.

Distract Yourself

Are you eating out of boredom? My spouse loves to have a snack nearby when watching late-night talk shows. It’s always good to identify what’s triggering your late-night binge eating and if you’re preoccupied with thoughts of food because you’re bored it’s time to find something else you enjoy during the evening. Try finding a new hobby or rest with a late-night book. This will also help you sleep better than watching television or looking at your phone.

Create a Future Mindset

Do your best to replace immediate pleasures (like gulping down a bag of M&M’s) with long-term ones. Keep reminding yourself of why you’re avoiding those M&M’s. Dr. Coral Arvon of the Pritikin Longevity Center stresses to plant your mind in the future and think positively of all that you’ll gain by sticking to your diet. You could imagine what you’re going to wear in a few months, and how good you’ll look and feel wearing it.

Make Your Snack Count

Perhaps you’ve tried all these things and you still want a snack or dessert. Make dessert worth your while and consider it to be a treat. If you are eating dessert nightly, the odds are you are not enjoying it as much as you would if you had it on occasion. Maybe try low-fat Greek yogurt or some air-popped popcorn. For some healthy snack ideas, check out 7 Healthy Snacks to Support Your Diet.

Get More Sleep

It’s true! The Sleep Foundation states that sleep deprivation can impair glucose metabolism and affect hormones linked to hunger, appetite, and body weight regulation. When we get too little sleep, we may confuse tiredness for hunger. If you’re tempted to keep snacking after a balanced dinner, that may be a sign that your body needs rest. Adults should strive for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.


Did these tips help you on your journey to stop overeating late at night? I’d love to hear what works for you at Also, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.

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