The Best Late Night Snacks for Weight Loss
I don’t know about you, but for some reason I tend to want a late night snack before I go to bed. I don’t know if it’s because I’m actually hungry, or if it’s because I subconsciously want to have snacks around me while I’m watching TV, but whatever the reasoning behind it, I normally end up caving. It is good to know that not all snacking is bad. It is normally not a great idea to eat before bed because depending on what you eat you may pack on a few extra pounds by doing so. However, you can give in to your craving of having a snack before bed, and maintain or even lose weight, you just have to eat the right things. Here is a list of the best late night snacks weight loss:
Although I’m not a huge fan of dairy products, unsweetened or low sugar Greek yogurt is one of the best snacks you could have before bed. Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in sugar. This is an ideal food to have before bed because studies have shown that eating protein right before you sleep stimulates overnight protein synthesis, which repairs and helps grow muscle. Due to the fact that protein helps your body burn fat, getting enough of it (especially before bed) is crucial for weight loss.
One of my favourite foods to eat before bed are almonds. Almonds have a good amount of protein per serving, which will help to repair your muscles overnight. Also, almonds are a good source of fiber, which will help to keep you and your stomach satisfied. Some studies have called almonds a fat-burning superfood, and have been shown to help reduce weight when consumed in moderation (about a ¼ cup).
Remember how sleepy you get after a big Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner packed with turkey? That’s because turkey contains tryptophan which makes you sleepy. Consuming a few slices of white turkey breast before bed will help you repair your muscles overnight, while allowing you to have a better sleep. White turkey breast is high in protein and low in calories and fat, which makes it a perfect food to eat before bed.
The last thing that I tend to eat when I am craving something a bit sweeter are cherries. Although cherries don’t contain high amounts of protein, they are one of the healthier sweet foods to have before bed because if consumed in moderation they can be low in calories and in carbohydrates. Studies have shown that cherries are a good natural source of melatonin, which helps to regulate sleep. Not only are cherries a healthier choice to solve your sweet cravings, but consuming them in moderation will also help you to have a better sleep.
There are many more foods to choose from that are beneficial to have before bed, but these are my go-to snacks to have. You don’t need to have a full meal, and it is not recommended to do so. You just need to have enough of something in order to solve your cravings, give your body proper nutrients, and in order to have a better sleep at night.