DIETITIAN BLOG: Weight Loss Issues pt.1
Late Night Snacking & Weight Loss
You are trying to follow your weight loss program. You have a plan and you’re sticking to it. The problem is you really enjoy a post-dinner snack and you are worried this is stopping you from accomplishing your goals. Can your late-night snack be the reason for your weight loss plateau?
When trying to lose weight you need to be in a calorie deficit. This means you need to be eating fewer calories than your maintenance requirement. This amount of calories is different for everyone. This is why everyone’s program should be customized
If you are the type that enjoys a post-dinner snack and wants to lose weight, you can certainly do this
“So how do I do lose weight and enjoy a snack?”. You plan out your eating schedule. You eat fewer day time calories and then you eat some of these calories before bed. Bam. You maintain a calorie deficit and you will continue on your weight loss program journey.
“But I am doing this and it’s not working”
Then you are:
Not reducing enough day-time calories. Calorie surplus
Your evening snack is higher in calories than you thought. Calorie surplus
Your too restrictive during the day and unleashing a ravish cupboard spree of high-calorie treats and sweets before bed. Also contributing to being in a calorie surplus. See the pattern here?
So if you want an evening snack AND you want to lose weight, you can do this. It can work. It takes some planning, awareness, and a touch of calorie control. Work with our registered dietitian and let’s work together to #PlanYourProcess