When you think of weight loss and going on a big fitness journey, it’s fair to assume that the things you think about the most are the things that you do during the day, like your eating choices and your exercise regime. Of course, these things are some of the most important, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be vigilant and on the ball closer to bedtime as well! These bedtime habits for weight loss will help your journey.
1. Good Sleep
The first one is nice and simple, try your best to get good quality sleep every night! If you end up staying away for longer than you are asleep, then your body will be fatigued and won’t be able to burn your calories and burn your excess fat as effectively.
2. Less Screen Time
One way to encourage this better sleep is by minimising your screen time when you are in bed. Try to avoid watching TV from your bed, and leave your phone charging on the other side of the room so that you can’t keep checking your social media when you should be getting shut eye.
A great way to wind down at the end of each evening is to get into doing some light yoga before turning in for the night. It isn’t enough exercise to energise you and keep you up, but a little bit of stretching and testing can help to keep your metabolism ticking better overnight.
4. Eat Early
Try not to eat your dinner anytime after 7pm in the evening, because the later you eat, the harder a time your body is going to have when digesting in bed. Ideally, you want to have completed the major digestion processes before turning in for the night.
5. High Protein Snacks
When it comes to snacking late at night, if you absolutely have to, then make sure it is something that is high in protein and under 150 calories.
6. Mental Stimulation
The more mentally stimulated in the evening, the less likely you are to get bored and want to snack. So do something like read a book in bed rather than binging a TV show, it takes more brain power and concentration.
7. Avoid Booze
Try to avoid drinking alcohol too near to bedtime. The chemical makeup of booze makes it something that can really interrupt your ability to get to the deeper stages of sleep, which is why when you go to bed drunk you end up tossing and turning all night.
8. Low Temperature
Studies have shown that keeping a low room temperature when you go to bed is much more helpful with long term weight loss. Your body works harder to burn calories when you are slightly colder, because it is trying to provide with that extra energy you need to keep warm without the help of central heating!