Midnight Cravings: Hungry or Dehydrated?

If you’re feeling hungry late at night, Dietitian Allison Stowell’s list of what to eat is a must-read. But before you head for the healthy snacks, it’s worth your time to consider the top piece of advice from She Knows about midnight cravings: are you hungry, or just thirsty? Kelly Welsh, a dietitian with the PKD Foundation, points out that 37% of people mistake thirst for hunger.

Storm in a water glass
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What to Do:

Drink a glass of water. Wait twenty minutes before deciding whether or not you truly need a snack.

Choose fresh fruit or vegetables with a high water content for a snack if you’re in a hurry.