Four foods you need to stop eating before bed if you’re trying to lose weight
There is something so pleasing about sitting down after dinner and munching on another snack while watching tele.
This habit often means we crave sweets post-dinner or something in our mouths while we watched the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off.
And while having an after dinner snack is okay every once in a while, loading up on them can make your sleep restless and set you up for overeating the next day.
If you do have a post-dinner snack, make sure to avoid the below:
1. Baked goods
If you are prone to a delicious morsel of goodness that is a cookie or brownie before you head to bed, you might need to add these to your daytime eating plan instead.
Sugar works as fuel for your body and if you have it right before you go to bed, your body won’t have a chance to work it off. This will result in it being stored as fat.
2. Red wine
While this is debatable as some experts claim a glass of red before bed is good for you, the majority agrees that alcohol is not the best thing to drink right before bed.
While it may put you to sleep, it won’t let you get into the deep restorative stages of sleep your body needs to function. Researchers from the University of Melbourne found when women had a glass before bed their sleeping brains showed similar activity to those receiving mild electric shocks.
If you are going to have some re wine, make sure you wait an hour after before going to sleep.
If you like a bit of chip and dip before you hit the sack, salsa or any food with a spicy kick can result in heartburn and a bad sleep.
This is because consumption of spicy foods can cause your lower oesophageal sphincter to relax which allows the acids brewing in your stomach to come up. Nice.
4. Dark chocolate
While it may be the better chocolate alternative, the caffeine and sugar found in dark chocolate will make it difficult to get to sleep in the first place.
“Sleeping on a surge of quick-acting sugar is the perfect environment for fat storage,” dietician Betsy Opt told Women’s Health.
The best alternative for a late night snack? If you are craving something sweet stick to fruit and savoury? Try carrot sticks and hummus.
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