From Denise Austin today:
Close Your Kitchen Down Early!
We all get the munchies from time to time — even the most disciplined eater occasionally gets that nagging urge to snack, often just before bed! The problem with this unhealthy nighttime habit is that if you eat high-fat, high-calorie foods, like cookies, chips, or popcorn, you will most likely gain weight. And since I've given in to a p.m. craving a time or two, here's my simple solution to late-night snacking: After enjoying an early sit-down dinner with my husband and daughters, I literally close down my kitchen at 8 p.m. sharp! Yep, that's it! If I do start fantasizing about a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, I drink plenty of water, and I brush my teeth, floss, and rinse with Listerine.
Give it a try! After a while, your body will get used to not having a bedtime snack. If you do feel a craving come on and my little trick doesn't cut it, then I suggest having a piece of fruit, such as an apple, or a handful of veggies, like some cut-up carrots, instead of giving in to an entire bag of potato chips! Trust me, your waistline will thank you!