You have no doubt heard that eating during the nighttime could result in weight gain, which is why those who suffer from these late-night cravings may struggle to lose weight.
If this sounds like you then you need to read on as the following nighttime weight loss snacks can be eaten without affecting your diet too badly, just remember that you still need to use a little moderation with them and to eat healthily during the daytime too.
- Plain yoghurt topped with blueberries
- Whole-grain pitta topped with hummus
- Oatmeal with protein powder
- A banana covered in nut butter
- Cottage cheese and pineapple
- Sliced vegetables with a greek yoghurt dip
- Fruit smoothie
- Whole grain crackers with ricotta cheese
- Raisin toast with nut butter
What makes these snacks so effective?
If they are eaten with moderation these snacks should not contain more than 200 extra calories, which is unlikely to cause too much of an issue if you are eating healthily the rest of the day.
These snacks also contain healthy carbs and protein that can help you to maintain muscle mass, while boosting your metabolism and curbing cravings.
Other tips to help you lose weight
If you are serious about losing weight then you will need to look at a few aspects of your life:
- What you eat?
- Do you exercise?
- What you drink?
- Are you stressed?
- Do you get enough sleep?
To lose weight you need to cut back on the junk food you currently consume. Instead you should eat more fresh fruit, vegetables and protein-rich foods such as chicken and turkey.
The fruit makes and ideal snack, while the vegetables are nutrient-rich, making them ideal for bulking out your meals without adding unnecessary calories.
Protein is important as it is slow to digest, so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Plus it uses more calories to burn, so will therefore boost your metabolism (resulting in extra calories being burnt).
Consuming protein will also ensure you do not burn muscle mass when losing weight as it help to maintain and repair it.
Exercise is also important for any weight loss effort, as you will need to find a way to burn off some of those excess calories.
My suggestion to you would be to not rely on steady-state cardio like running on a treadmill, but to try some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) instead. If you are not working out at a high intensity then you wont be experiencing the full benefits of exercise.
You could also try a little weight training too, as this will help build lean muscle mass that will help give your metabolic rate a boost. Muscle after all burns more calories at rest than fat.
When attempting to lose weight, what you drink is also important, which is why soft drinks and drinks that are full of sugar and fat should be avoided.
The best drink for you is water, which may sound boring but you could add interest by adding a little lemon or lime to it.
Water contains zero calories, can help curb cravings and can help flush toxins from your body, which will not only aid your weight loss efforts but can also help improve the health of your skin, nails and hair.
Finally, too much stress and a lack of sleep could also hinder your weight loss efforts. Therefore you should try a little yoga or meditation to relieve stress.
You really should be aiming to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night, otherwise you may find that cravings may get the best of you the following day.
I hope these tips will be of some help to you. If you have any of your own please leave a comment below.