Eating Breakfast, Less Screen Time, Can Help Curb Nighttime Eating

If you tend to make late-night trips to the fridge, modifying your behavior the rest of the day may help curb this habit. Research done at Harvard and the Oregon Health & Science University suggests that our natural body clock — also known as the circadian rhythm — programs us to reach for sweet, starchy, and salty foods in the evening. This may have helped our ancestors survive, but these days that craving just helps us pack on pounds. So how can we avoid it? Nutritionist Rachel Begun says research shows people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and overeat later in the day. You should be sure to eat enough fiber and protein during the date to keep you satisfied as well. Also, turn off the TV, tablet and cell phone earlier in the evening. Too much screen time is linked to mindless eating. (UPI