If you want to lose weight, what you do during the day is undoubtedly important.
Did you know though that there are things that you can do every night that can also increase your chances of success?
Here are some nightly habits that will aid your weight loss efforts:
If you have had a busy day at work you may not have had much chance to workout.
Well, if you want to reach your weight loss goals then you need to incorporate some exercise into your efforts.
Working out an hour or two before bed will not only enable you to burn off some of those excess calories, but it can also increase your chances of having a good nights sleep, which can help cut the risk of cravings the following day.
If you are not sleeping well then the hormones that control your food cravings can be affected, resulting in more cravings than you should.
#2: Have a low-sodium dinner
Sodium or salt can result in you becoming bloated as it can cause an increase in water weight.
This is why pre-packaged meals are best avoided as these are full of sodium, as it is used to keep the food fresh.
#3: Drink plenty of water
While it is a good idea to drink plenty of water throughout the day (I would recommend around 8 glasses), chances are you are not getting as much as you should.
Water is essential for good health so if you are not drinking enough in the day, then make sure to make up your shortfall before bed.
A good way to check if you are drinking enough would be to look at the colour of your urine. It should be a light yellow, definitely not orange.
#4: Prepare lunch for the next day
As we all lead busy lives it can be difficult to find the time to eat health. Well, if you want to lose weight and value your health then it is important that you eat as healthily as possible.
Just before you go to bed, you could spend a couple of minutes preparing yourself a healthy breakfast, or a few meals.
Preparing a few salads is an easy way to ensure you eat a few healthy meals throughout the week.
#5: Knock off the lights and distractions
As mentioned previously, a good nights sleep is important for weight loss.
This is why I would recommend knocking off any lights or distractions such as your phone, as these will disrupt your sleep.
#6: Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Another thing that can disrupt your sleep patterns is your choice of drink before bed.
For sure, caffeine from coffee should be avoided, as it contains a natural stimulant that will keep you up.
Alcohol is also best avoided.
For a good nights sleep I would recommend that you drink warm milk before bed, or perhaps some chamomile or peppermint tea to help calm you down.