If you are still dreaming about your weight loss goals, we have a way for you to lose that weight while you dream!
For decades, dieters have avoided eating at night, thinking that doing so will lead to weight gain. Now it’s common knowledge that it isn’t when you eat, but what you eat and your physical activity that matters when it comes to your weight.
This has led many to wonder what they can eat at night. If you’ve often wondered the same, here are 5 bedtime snacks that will not only keep you feeling satisfied, but will help you burn fat in your sleep as well!
Citrus fruits contain the fat-burning nutrients fiber and vitamin C. Vitamin C stimulates your body’s fat-burning capability found in the carnitine amino acid, according to Fat Free Kitchen. Vitamin C plays a role in your body’s fat processing capability. This nutrient speeds the process up by diluting the fat and then eliminating it from your body. Eat a variety of fiber and vitamin C-rich citrus fruits to increase your metabolism and burn fat. You can reach for oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, grapefruits, guava, and other citrus fruits – all will have the fat-burning effect you desire! Drinking juices made from these fruits can also help burn fat.
Dairy assists in fat cell breakdown, triggering your metabolism in the process. Moreover, milk is full of complex carbohydrates, which helps maintain a low insulin level, which in turn boosts your metabolism and burns calories.
Some of the best late-night dairy snacks include Greek yogurt and string cheese. Both are relatively light but they’ll curb your hunger and promote the fat-burning you’re looking for.
Bananas are packed with fiber and tryptophan, which helps you sleep. The amino acid will help put you to sleep quicker, and the fiber will keep you satisfied. At about 100 calories each, this sweet fruit will help squash any sugar cravings you might have after dinner. Try freezing a banana (unpeeled, of course), and mash it up with a fork to create a tasty ice cream-like treat or just put them in your high-speed blender for some nice cream! At just 100 calories a banana, this fat-burning fruit is a simple way to fill up before bed without having to feel guilty about doing so!
Whole grains contain nutrients that burn fat by keeping your insulin levels low. Low insulin levels assist in boosting your metabolism and burning calories. They provide excellent sources of complex carbohydrates and fiber, both beneficial in stimulating your metabolism, which results in burning more fat and calories. Whole grains include whole wheat, barley, brown rice, quinoa, wheat bran and wheat germ. Eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning will both fill you up and start your day energized. A late night snack of whole grains also will help your body burn calories while sleeping.
Whole grains in bread, crackers, pasta, or rice can also help you burn fat while you sleep, especially when combined with lean protein like turkey or eggs. Turkey contains the sleep-inducing chemical tryptophan and the complex carbohydrates keep your metabolism working long after you go to sleep.
As a bonus, the carbohydrates will help your brain absorb the tryptophan, making this your most relaxing rest yet.
Florida State University researchers found that men who had a shake with 30 grams of protein before bed experienced a higher resting energy expenditure (how much energy, or calories, the body burns at rest) the next morning compared to those who ate nothing before bed. An added bonus: Protein may also aid muscle repair overnight. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. To avoid discomfort I recommend going for an organic and dairy free protein powder.
More muscle means the body will burn more calories while you’re awake as well, making protein before bed a no-brainer.
BURN FAT, EVEN WHILE YOU SLEEP
If you’re conditioned not to eat before bed, this could be harming rather than helping your weight loss efforts. Moreover, you’re setting yourself up to binge the next day or reach for foods you otherwise wouldn’t.
Each of the foods above contains nutrients that either help you sleep, help you burn fat or both. As such, they’re all great choices when you want a restful night’s sleep along with some added benefits – weight loss being the most prominent of them all.