You might think that most of the things you should be doing in order to lose weight are done in the gym and in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other areas that you can work on to get even better results. Sure, good exercise and good diet are the cornerstones of living a healthy lifestyle, but there are definitely things that you can do all the way up to bedtime. Here are some things to do before bedtime to lose weight.
1. Nothing after 7
Commit to never eating any food or snacks after 7 PM. Opting to have an earlier dinner means that your body can go through all of the most important stages of digestion before you go to bed and lay down. Being asleep when your stomach is full of food doesn’t give your body the best chance to digest it properly, and your metabolism will suffer.
2. Me Time
Your mental health and happiness can have a direct relation to your weight loss ambitions. The more content you are in yourself, the less likely you will be to want to comfort eat and over indulge to ease negative feelings. The less stressed you are, the more motivated and enthused you will be to carry on with your diet, so make sure to set aside some time every evening to just spend with yourself and engage in self care.
3. Warm Milk
A glass of warm milk before bed can be helpful. It contains a type of protein called casein that helps to build and sustain lean muscles in the body. It will also help to boost your metabolism, meaning that you will burn more calories in your sleep than if you hadn’t drunk the milk at all.
4. Room Lighting
You need to adjust the lighting in your bedroom to ensure that it is as dark as possible. The darker it is, the more melatonin your body will produce which is the hormone that encourages better and healthier sleep. Recent studies have shown that women who sleep in darker rooms are less likely to be overweight, and experts believe this is to do with the higher levels of melatonin they have compared to lighter room sleepers.
5. Prepare Food
Take some time every evening to prepare your lunch and dinner for the day ahead. Having healthy food already there waiting for you to eat will stop you from making last-minute decisions and ordering takeout that is fatty and calorific.
6. Meal Plan
Or even better, you can sit down on Sunday evening before bed and plan out your entire week’s works of food! An extensive meal plan like this takes the pressure off you on a Wednesday or Thursday when the stress and fatigue of the working week is starting to get to you. All you need to do is refer to your plan to see what you should be having for dinner.