Your day is far spent and winding down. You had dinner around 7 or 8 pm, but, you still have the desire to munch on something before you hit the bed. When the desire is at its peak, it’s hard to focus on anything.
To help yourself, you open the fridge and grab a quick bite, or, if you are really hungry, you warm up some food and help yourself.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture, even if it is in the middle of the night, except if you are eating the wrong foods. (And trust me, this is one of the times when you really feel like eating foods that make you grow fat.)
Well, should you really be eating late, you may ask? I’m going to answer that question in this article and outline the best foods to eat before bedtime. You are also going to learn the food types to avoid at night if you are looking to lose weight.
Now, the problem with why people find it difficult to lose weight when they eat late at night is due to the nature of the foods we have or are used to. The typical Nigerian meal coupled with our ever sedentary (lack of exercising) lifestyle will make you gain weight. Factor in the fact that the body’s metabolism (ability to burn fat) slows down as the day winds down, and you will always have extra stores of fat.
However, following what you are about to learn, you should be able to eat even up to 15 minutes before your bedtime and still lose weight.
First, you want to remember that eating, rather than avoiding food, is one of the best ways to burn fat. If you get in the habit of starving yourself, you will set your body to a “starvation mode” and signal it to be storing, instead of letting go of fat.
So, what you want to do is eat when your body says it needs food. Sometimes, however, you may find that just drinking water when you feel like eating could assuage your desire for food. So, you want to be sure that your body says it needs food. Next, is to make sure you eat only foods that will naturally assist you in burning fat.
Which brings us to the food types to be eating especially in the night. But, before I get into that, I want to talk about the foods to avoid whenever you feel like taking a bite at night.
Top of the list are carbohydrate rich foods like white rice, white bread, garri, and indomie. You should also avoid foods that are high in sugar like ice cream, cookies, biscuits, and chocolate.
Carbohydrate and fatty foods will encourage your body to store excess fat and make it difficult to lose weight. These foods are loaded with fat and calories, and eating them in the night doesn’t give your body the chance to burn the extra calories before you sleep.
Best food to eat at night to lose weight
The number 1 food source to choose to eat from, especially late at night is protein. High protein foods like:
* extra lean meat
* sea foods
* low-fat dairy products like skimmed milk, yoghurt, cheese, nuts, and
are associated with increased metabolism, regardless of when you eat them.
Protein rich foods will help to boost your metabolism and stimulate muscle growth. Muscles are actually good because they burn more calories than body fat. Plus, protein-rich foods contribute more to repairing and maintaining muscles after exercising.
And even while you sleep, you can be certain that your metabolism will still be on instead of shutting off. This will increase your resting energy expenditure and, according to studies, will still keep your metabolism high into the following morning, as compared to when you don’t eat before bed or when you consume carbohydrate foods before bedtime.
So, protein is the top food choice for when you have to eat at night before bed. In the absence of protein, you want to settle for fruits like carrots, apples, watermelon, cucumber, and banana. Fruits are mostly low in calories and are better when compared to ice cream or biscuits. Remember that it is the excess calories that cause weight gain.
It is already proven that eaten protein rich foods just before bedtime will do you a lot of good when you are looking to lose weight. However, you don’t want to eat as if you are going out to do some heavy work. Remember always to dish your meals into small plates to avoid over-stuffing yourself with calories.
If you eat more calories than you need, it will surely lead to weight gain, regardless of how the food type helps your metabolism.
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