Other times, we’re harder to satisfy. We absolutely need (not want, need) a sweet bite after dinner, and later before we’re drifting off, we get that insatiable hankering for more snacks. How do we fight the craving for late-night munchies? Do we power through and try to snooze it off?
Despite what many fasting fads say, it’s not the best idea to go to bed actually straight-up hungry. This is especially true for women. Our hormones hang in a delicate balance, and blood sugar majorly affects this balance. If we go to bed hungry, we may find ourselves wide awake around 3 a.m., seemingly inexplicably.
This is due to a fasting, or nocturnal hypoglycemia, a reaction meaning our blood glucose levels dip too low and our body begins to produce cortisol so that we have the energy to go and find necessary food. It’s a survival tactic. Since we are (typically) not surely dying in this scenario and simply trying to cut back on nighttime cals, this can be frustrating.
Sleep is a vital part of holistic wellness, including weight loss, so getting a solid night’s rest is even more important than fasting for that extra hour. Thus, when we need a late-night snack, science says to lean into it.
The truth of the matter is, it all comes down to options. We want to stick with small, nutrient-dense, low-energy foods or single macronutrients. Think a carb or protein. Our bodies will burn this up while we sleep and use the energy to regenerate cells and clean house. We are a well-oiled machine—trust that input to be put to use! Here are some of our favorite options.
Yogurt with honey
Hummus with crackers