Worst Foods to Eat Before Bed
If you’re like me, you love to have a snack before bed while you’re relaxing watching TV or hanging out with friends. Unfortunately, sometimes snacking before bed leads to eating unhealthy foods, which is not what you want if you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. The key to snacking before bed is to watch what you put in your body, and not to eat too much. There are a few foods that you want to avoid eating before bed in order to keep it clean and not affect your sleep in any way.
Fats, Fats, Fats
Steer clear of fatty foods. The fattier the meal the longer it’s going to take your body to digest, which is the last thing you want while you’re trying to sleep. Examples of common fatty foods to eat before bed can be milk, yogurt, nuts, ice cream, etc. As hard as it may be, try to stay away from foods that contain a higher amount of fats. My big switch was from eating a handful of nuts at night to eating a few raw vegetables. It doesn’t sound as appealing but if you add a bit of seasoning, it helps to satisfy your craving.
Try to stay away from eating acidic foods. Eating spicy, fried, or any tomato-based sauces can lead to you having acid reflux. The worst part is that by laying down is actually makes it worse, so going to sleep with acid reflux is a definite no-no. Having acid reflux (or a burning sensation in the back of your throat) can definitely affect your sleep in a negative way, which in turn doesn’t help the weight loss process. Try to stay away from eating anything that is fried or too spicy in order to prevent acid reflux and promote a better sleep.
Now, we all go out and have a drink or two with our friends when we can but alcohol can be one of the worst things to consume before bed. Alcohol may help some people to fall asleep after having a few drinks, but it disturbs your normal sleep patterns and actually prevents you from having a deep, and restorative sleep. By not being able to have a full sleep, it can negatively affect the weight loss or weight maintenance process.
If there are other foods that you find you have a rough sleep or feel more tired in the morning after consuming them before bed, try to avoid them and see if this helps your sleep. Having a good sleep is very beneficial to your body if you’re trying to lose weight or improve and reach certain fitness goals, so try to watch what you eat before bed in order to have a deep sleep and feel well rested in the morning.
Want to know what’s good to have before bed? Check out some of the best foods for snacking on before you hit the hay here!
Kyle | Contributor