Whenever I ask people what the most difficult habit is for them to break, late night snacking is often the first thing they say. We're all susceptible to curling up with a snack while we wind down our day, but it can be an unhealthy habit that's hard to kick.
If you feel like a zombie every night when you get home from work, it's because you pretty much are one. Even if you enjoy your job, you are still subject to countless stressors throughout the day that deplete your cognitive resources—especially those required for self-control. Without a well of willpower to rely on at the end of the day, our brains go into autopilot to avoid more heavy lifting.
For these reasons, more than at any other time of day our evening actions are guided by habit. All the cues and triggers around our home—the TV, computer, sofa, etc.—guide us mindlessly to the biscuit tin, or the freezer for the ice cream, and we eat to our heart's content (not our mind's or stomach's content; those guys stopped caring hours ago). Stopping doesn't even occur to us. We just continue until the cookies are gone, or the carton is empty. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Lifehacker.
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