Skinny Tip: How to Not Overeat at Dinner
Does this sound familiar? Breakfast: a cup of berries with a small avocado toast; Lunch: kale salad with grilled chicken; Dinner: grilled salmon, small sweet potato, roasted broccoli, 15 fries off the kids plate, and half a pan of brownies.
Uh, whoops. Eating healthy all day long is hard, so I don’t blame you for letting go when you get home and wanting to eat everything. It’s the equivalent of going to work in your fancy clothes and then instantly throwing off your heels and bra as soon as you walk through your front door. I get it.
If you have an issue with overeating at dinnertime, and aren’t OK with the weight gain, bloating, and trouble sleeping that it’s causing, here are three smart tips to get your ravenous need for copious amounts of food under control.
- Indulge Before Dinner
Like a kid in a museum, we can’t expect you to be good 24 hours a day. In order to satiate your cravings and prevent them from becoming so overwhelming that you eat your entire fridge at night, eat a little of the foods you love throughout the day. Whether it’s chips or chocolate, bread or cheese, indulge at some point during the day so you’re not suffering by dinnertime. Just watch portions and find food swaps that work for you.
- Eat Enough
Sometimes the need to overeat happens because you’re not getting enough food the rest of the day. This can happen if you’re severely restricting too many calories or so busy with your day that you skip lunch. Or maybe it’s just too long for you to go from lunch to dinner without a snack. Keep your hunger in check all day by never skipping breakfast or lunch, and throw in an afternoon snack at 3 p.m. so you’re not famished by dinner.
- Eat Off A Salad Plate
We eat 92% of what is on our plate. Easy portion control? Eat off a salad plate so you are literally eating less!