It's past dinner and finally time to relax on the couch with a good Netflix series, movie, book or video game. After all, you deserve it after a stressful day.
You know all too well what happens next. After a while, a little craving starts to creep in and grow more and more. Eventually, you give in and grab the chocolate, cookies, popcorn, candies, chips, peanuts or any other favorite snack food.
Snacking after dinner is for many a bad habit that makes it hard to lose weight or stay on track of a healthy diet.
Here are seven ways to break away from snacking after dinner for good:
1. Brush your teeth right after dinner. Who wants to re-brush if you start snacking?
2. Hide your snack food away. And hide it really well, for example, outside locked in your car, in a closed cupboard on another floor of your house, in the garage behind the toolbox. Endless possibilities.
3. Don't buy snacks in the first place. You know how tempting they look in the supermarket. Stay strong and walk away.
4. Only keep healthy snacks at home. Carrot sticks with hummus, walnuts, fruits, just to name a few.
5. Only snack on cheat days. You are allowed to snack; you just aren't allowed right NOW. Wait for your next cheat day and continuously increase the days between cheat days.
6. Track how long you can keep without snacks. Take a calendar and mark every day you don't snack with a big fat X. Don't break the chain of Xs.
7. Change the cue. The Netflix logo might trigger your snacky feeling. Change up your evening routine. Play a board game instead. Go out for a walk.