Wouldn’t it be incredible to lose weight while you’re asleep? Well, with this article you will know that losing weight could be as easy as getting a few good hours of Zzzs. But, there’s a catch, of course. You have to eat the right things just before you hit the sack to aid the fat burning process. The way you sleep, the number of hours you sleep, and the quality of your sleep influences your metabolism greatly (1). When you cut down on the precious hours in bed, you are risking yourself to obesity and weight gain.
Now that we’ve established the correlation between sleep and weight loss, let’s shift our focus to the topic of the day – what to eat to lose weight at night. Before you venture into the slumbering land, ensure that you steer clear of foods that are high in carbs, fat, and sugar and opt for foods that are good for weight loss. Here’s a list of foods you should eat to burn that fat away while you snore to glory-
Cucumbers are not just nature’s cooling agents, but they are also the best low-calorie snack that you should get your hands on (2). Cucumbers are fat-free, so you can binge on them without feeling guilty about putting on weight. If you like cucumbers, you can also make an overnight drink for yourself to drop pounds quickly. All you have to do is, add a bunch of coriander leaves, 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice, one lemon, and cucumber to half a glass of water. Add half an inch of grated ginger to this. Grind these ingredients together and consume it before going to bed.
Before you armor yourself to counteract us with the fact that almonds are high in calories, allow us to tell you about its metabolism boosting properties. Studies have shown that persistent consumption of almonds increases the levels of vitamin E and monounsaturated or “good” fats (3). Almonds are also high in fiber, vitamin B, and zinc, and thus make us feel full for a long time. Ergo, eating almonds can help you cut down on sugar cravings. Also, nuts are rich in oleic acid which induces a feeling of satiety (4).
Did you know that pepper, the hot tasting spice is also known as the black gold? And this black gold is found in abundance in India. So, why not make the most of it and use it to reap its benefits? One of the most effective ways to burn fat is by eating peppers (5). Of course, you can’t pop them into your mouth directly. Try including them in your meals and you will see how wonderfully it will help you burn the stubborn fat in your body while you hit the sack. If pepper suits your palate, add it to your dinner dishes or eat it with cottage cheese.
4. Cottage Cheese
Afraid of piling on extra pounds, we often choose salads for dinner or sometimes even skip the meal. But, to not eat at all before bedtime can actually be really bad for weight loss. Not only will it make it difficult for you to fall asleep with a roaring tummy, but it will also make you pig out the next morning. So, what’s the solution? Say cottage cheese! A little bit of cottage cheese, either grilled or in a steak form, whatever suits your taste buds, will help you combat fat. It is rich in casein protein and contains amino acid tryptophan as well, both active catalysts of calorie burning.
5. Fox Nut (Makhana)
Makhana is a healthy snack that you can munch on while stressing at work or lazying at home. These puffed lotus seeds, also known as fox nuts are low in calories and are a great source of protein. So, if you’re busy doing the “Netflix and Chill” routine and you are in a habit of eating something until you sleep, makhana should be your go-to option. These are rich in iron too. The best part is that you don’t require any Masterchef skills to dry roast the makhana in a pan with sprinkles of black pepper. This can help in your weight loss wonderfully.
Cinnamon adds great flavor to food, but if you want to speed up your fat burning process while you snore the night away, drink some cinnamon water. Add half a tablespoon of cinnamon to a glass of warm water and consume it at night. You can also add a tab bit of honey to this, but make sure the water isn’t hot while adding honey. This concoction curbs your cravings and helps you burn fat (6).
More often than not, when people indulge in late night snacking they make bad food choices. So, be wise and eat healthily. All you need to do is aim to get your metabolism on its top gear. And that’s achievable by eating foods that will help you burn calories even while you’re fast asleep. What’s your pick going to be from the list above? Do you have any other secret ingredients that can help in weight loss? Share with us in the comments section below.