Set yourself up for bigger, better weight-loss results with these before-bed rituals and simple snack swaps. Because it’s possible to gear your body for healthy changes even while in your pyjamas and binge-watching Netflix.
If we weren’t supposed to indulge in late-night noshing, then why are fridges and pantries built with lights? When it comes to snacking within an hour or two of your bedtime, there are, however, a few things to consider. Though it may be tempting to reach for the cheese, crackers and chocolate, choose something that slows down digestion and promotes a slow release of protein throughout the night. Our Protein Puds, which are low sugar, low fat, gluten free and packed with chia, will satisfy your stomach and help you sleep better, without making you bloat in the AM. Our Night Time Binge-Buster Bars are also high in protein (but low in calories) to leaving you full and satisfied through the night, without the guilt.
Eat a low-sodium dinner
Skip the sauce-drenched Chinese takeout, which is sure to leave you feeling bloated in the morning. The salt stays in your system overnight, so you wake up with a puffy face, feeling sluggish and retaining extra fluids. Make yourself a quick and easy meal of steamed vegetables and a lean protein instead. When you cook your own dinner, you get the added bonus of knowing what goes into each dish and can monitor the amount of sodium you’re consuming.
Drink lots of water
When you don’t drink water, your body retains it to prevent dehydration. Drinking more actually reduces water retention, preventing constipation, which can also cause a bloated belly. You should be drinking a minimum of six to eight glasses a day. But stop water consumption an hour before bedtime – lest you want to be waking up in the middle of the night to run to the loo.
Sleep in complete darkness
Eliminate all light, including low lighting from phones and computers. Your body produces more of the hormone melatonin – the chemical signal that controls metabolic function and produces calorie-burning brown fats that aid in weight loss – when you’re in complete darkness.