You might not know that there are many things that can help you fill up your empty stomach or satisfy your cravings before bedtime without making you lose weight and regret later.
Eating before bed has long been touted as a cardinal sin of weight loss, leading some weight-conscious individuals to forgo any food after 8 pm. However, at night, our body still burns calories, so you gain weight because you consume more calories than needed. The rule for it is: Limit the amount of calories you will consume below 300 and eat an hour before going to bed to give your body time to digest.
But you also don’t want to starve yourself because hunger pangs could be so intense that it makes it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. It also will affect the sleeping quality. you will feel tired and hungry the next morning when you wake up.
So the advice here is that you should eat some healthy midnight snack (but don’t turn it into a habit) such as vegetables, fruits, etc which don’t make you gain weight and also help you sleep better. But don’t dream of milk, cheese, chocolate or too much meat, they are too many calories.
1. One Bowl of Cereals
Avoid highly sweetened cereals and ideally opt for those that are unsweetened. One bowl of cereals including whole grain or corn is easy to digest and only contains less than 200 calories. You should pour some milk into the bowl to provide your body with tryptophan and protein and it’s also really good for the digestion of the stomach.
2. Nonfat Yogurt
Eating a pot of fat-free Greek yogurt containing about 100 – 150 calories can not make you gain weight because you have added into your body an amount of tryptophan which is really good for your body. Moreover, yogurt also helps to soothe the stomach, so you don’t have to worry about waking up at night due to heartburn and indigestion.
Don’t forget the most famous for its sleep-inducing tryptophan: turkey, low fat but high protein. With a couple of turkey slices, you will consume just around 100 calories before your bedtime.
4. An Apple and a Spoon of Peanut Butter
Apple is a fruit rich in soluble fiber, when combined with the protein in peanut butter or almond butter, it will help you satisfy hunger right away without fear of getting fat.
5. One Cup of Nonfat Chocolate Pudding
A cup of nonfat chocolate pudding will be easily digested because it does not contain fat accumulated in your stomach. You can enjoy it before going to sleep, because one cup of chocolate pudding contains only about 90 calories. This will help to solve your hunger and also to sleep better.
6. A Small Carrot
Carrots are rich in fiber so it will help to reduce cholesterol and bowel diseases. Carrots also provide really few calories, so even when you eat a lot of them, you won’t get fat. With only one small carrot, you will please your hungry stomach and easily fall asleep.
7. A Banana
A small banana is best, as they still contain a large amount of sugar. Each banana is only about 100 calories, but it’s rich in fiber and very good for digestion. Beside stabilizing serotonin and melatonin, bananas also contain magnesium, a substance which causes the muscles relax during sleep. And the best thing? You don’t have to wash any dish for this kind of food.