Late night snacking is very, very common. For many people, reaching for a midnight snack is a hard-to-break routine, even when they aren't hungry.
The first step to avoiding this routine is figuring out why you do it. Some people turn to midnight snacking because they're overzealous about restricting their eating during the day. When nighttime rolls around, the hunger is too much to resist.
For others, that late night snack might be just a habit, or something they do when they are upset or just plain bored. If you can figure out why you snack, you can work with your Gainful Registered Dietitian to figure out how to stop or manage it. A good way to avoid late night snacking is having a balanced meal plan throughout the day. By planning your meals and making sure to eat regular, healthy snacks, you can reduce the hunger or need to reach for a late night treat.
We suggest eating 3-5 small, nutritious meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels regular and hunger at bay. Of course, a protein shake is a great weapon against hunger and excessive snacking. Including protein at every meal can help curb your hunger late at night. If you find yourself snacking late at night, you could try drinking your protein powder in the evening. For some customers, the protein boost from an evening shake can be beneficial in avoiding this snacking.