When it comes to weight loss tips you may have heard that you should not eat at night.
Well, I do not necessarily agree with this tip, but you should certainly think about what you eat at night as it could affect your sleep patterns, which will almost definitely affect your eating habits the following day.
Read on to discover which foods to avoid at night if weight loss is your goal.
#1: Greasy or fatty foods
If you want to avoid feeling sluggish the following day then you should avoid eating greasy or fatty foods the night before.
This means that you should refrain from consuming:
- Fast food
- Ice cream
- Cheesy snacks
Eating these foods will cause your stomach to work in overdrive to digest them, which can affect your sleep.
#2: High-carb or sugary foods
We all love the occasional treat, but having one just before bed is not the best idea.
Eating high-carb or sugary foods will cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Unfortunately this is a short term effect and they will soon plummet, which will affect your sleep and will likely leave you with cravings for more.
#3: Red meat and other proteins
Just like the fatty foods, eating protein-rich food late at night may disrupt your sleep.
This is because it will sit in your stomach digesting, which is not a good feeling to have when trying to drift off.
#4: Spicy foods
While certain spices can help your weight loss efforts, eating spicy foods late at night can disrupt your sleep.
Certain spices such as peppers can upset your stomach, while other spices can stimulate your senses too, which can make falling asleep difficult to achieve.
#5: Big portions
If you experience food cravings before bed then by all means eat something.
However, please do not overdo it or you will find yourself laying there feeling terrible as your food digests.
Why is sleep important for weight loss?
A lack of sleep can mess with your hormones, in particular your leptin and ghrelin hormone production, which can be bad for those looking to lose weight.
When you are tired your body will produce less leptin, which means that the signal to say that you are full will not be sent to your brain from your stomach.
Also, your ghrelin production will increase, which means that you will experience more food cravings.
You will also find that tiredness can affect your judgement too, so you are less able to withstand those cravings.
What should you eat instead?
As well as avoiding the above foods I suggest that you stick to small portions to curb those cravings.
The following foods are good for helping you sleep:
- Whole grains
- Leafy greens
Our final suggestion would be to limit your intake of alcohol too. Too much can affect your sleep.