October 26, 2016

8 Bedtime Snacks to Improve Weight-loss

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There are a few considerations you should make if you enjoy a snack within an hour or two before hitting the hay.

One – Research has shown that late-night calories are inherently associated with weight gain.

Two – A study found that eating right before going to sleep induces a more disturbed and restless sleep, setting you up for fatigue and bad eating habits the following day.

Three – Eating late at night can be associated with stress or emotional eating resulting in overeating, particularly high-fat foods dense in calories!

In comparison, it isn’t a great idea to try to catch some zzz’s when your stomach is growling and calling out for a snack. Doing so will impact your sleep, causing restlessness and disturbances, leaving you feeling exhausted the next day. These factors can cause you to overeat and defeat your healthy eating plans.

What can you do to curb these habits to get a better night sleep and reduce those late night calorie cravings? Reach for a low-calorie snack that will leave you satisfied but not waking up bloated and weary the next day. Have a look at these 8 snacks to help you make better snacking choices.

  1. CHEESE

Although it is processed, a serving of string cheese contains protein and fat that is filling. Keeping you satisfied before heading off to bed. As well as being satiated, string cheese contains tryptophan – a type of amino acid – that helps make you drowsy!

Serving

  • One string cheese
  • 80 calories
  1. CEREAL

    Whole-grain, complex carbohydrate based cereals – such as oatmeal, cornflakes or bran flakes – are easy to digest. By adding a small amount of milk you can get some extra tryptophan and protein to aid in feeling satiated and drowsy, ready to sleep!

Serving

  • One bowl
  • Less than 200 calories
  1. NON-FAT GREEK YOGURT

    Dairy products such as nonfat Greek yogurt provide you with relaxing effects from tryptophan. It is satisfying due to protein making you feel full. It is also good for calming your stomach causing you to wake less from heartburn or indigestion! Instead, you will achieve a good nights rest.Serving
  • 170 grams
  • 150 calories
  1. TURKEY MEATTurkey meat is full of low-fat and high-quality protein, so only a couple of slices will keep you full! It is also another food that is packed with tryptophan to induce sleep.

Serving

  • Two slices
  • Roughly 100 calories
  1. APPLE DIPPED WITH PEANUT BUTTERA delicious crunchy apple contains a considerable amount of fiber, perfect to help with digestion. Dipping it in peanut butter or other nut alternatives such as almond butter, which contains protein, will keep you feeling full without the heaviness within your stomach!Serving
  • One apple and a tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Roughly 100 calories
  1. NONFAT CHOCOLATE PUDDING CUPThis chocolaty treat is definitely a crowd pleaser! A creamy nonfat chocolate pudding cup is very easy to eat but does not have the fat content that would usually make your stomach feel heavy all night.Serving
  • One 100g pudding cup
  • Roughly 90 calories
  1. CARROTS

Carrots are a super nutritious snack full of crunch, particularly fun-sized baby carrots. These bright orange vegetables are an amazing, small, fat-free snack to keep you full until you fall asleep!

Serving

  • 15 baby carrots
  • 60 calories
  1. BANANA

    Bananas are a fantastic snack! These beauties are loaded with fiber that keeps you satiated plus has that kick of tryptophan giving you that relaxing feeling preparing you to sleep. No utensils needed so there won’t be any mess to clean up if you have already cleaned up the kitchen!

Serving

  • One medium sized banana
  • Roughly 100 calories

To make it easier to fall asleep and get a better nights rest, incorporate your new knowledge on healthy choices for nighttime snacking! These minimal calorie based options will help you reduce packing on the weight from those naughty nightly snacks!

I also recommend you start doing this bikini workout plan to rev up your metabolism rate so that you can burn more calories throughout the day!

Barbara

I'm Barbara, a 37 year old mom who lost 50 POUNDS and got my ideal Bikini Body within 6 months! You can also consider me as the crash test dummy of bikini body, sharing what works (and what doesn’t) so you know exactly how to get your ideal 'bikini body' better!

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