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The 4 foods women over 35 should avoid eating after 4pm

EVERYONE is guilty of snacking to curb a hunger pangs as the day draws to a close.

And more often than not, you find yourself reaching for something quick to stop your tummy from grumbling — like a chocolate bar or a bag of chips.

The food you avoid eating after 4pm can make a huge difference when it comes to shedding the pounds.

Helen Bond, registered dietitian, says some of our favorite treats can prevent weight loss and make you crave even more unhealthy food.

She urges dieters: "It’s best to avoid foods that are highly processed or refined."

"As well as being high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt, they’re often low in nutrients and loaded with calories, and very more-ish which makes it harder for us to control our weight."

Here are the top foods you need to avoid eating after 4pm to maximize your weight loss:

1. White Bread

While it might be great with peanut butter or covered in Nutella, white bread is one snack to avoid past 4pm, as it's high glycemic index (GI) — a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates.

Food with a high GI can make your sugar and insulin levels spike, leaving you tired and hungry.

On top of this, unlike whole grain bread, white bread will not fill your appetite as effectively because of its low fiber content.

In other words, this everyday option doesn't offer much nutritional value.

2. Ice cream

There's nothing better than crashing in front of the TV with a tub of Ben & Jerry's at the end of a long day of work.

However, ice-cream is completely sugar-laden and will do nothing for your waistline.

"Ice cream is a carb-heavy food, and eating a lot of refined carbohydrates results in belly fat deposition," according to Edwina Clark, registered dietitian and wellness expert.

3. Milk Chocolate

Milk and white chocolate might be a great comfort food but they're loaded with added sugar and fat.

Chocolate also usually contains caffeine which may make it more difficult for you to sleep, too.

Opt for dark chocolate instead which is lower in sugar and fat than its milk counterpart.

4. Chips

Chips are always a popular choice after 4pm — especially as they're so easy to grab on the go.

However, they're very high in fat, refined carbs, and salt — and are packed with calories.

About Author: Andrea Fiore
I live in Sacramento, California, but grew up in Colorado. These days, I work from home because of COVID-19, doing accounting for several small businesses and blogging in between. I have two teenage sons, ages 13 and 15. I write this blog, from personal experience, for women in search of simple health tips that work. I enjoy reading, yoga, walking my dog, and the occasional game of Scrabble.