Have you ever been to bed on an empty stomach? If you have, then you are familiar with hunger pains preventing you from getting a full night’s rest. But the majority of people still think it is a good idea because it might help them lose some weight. However, they are wrong because going to bed hungry only makes things worse.
First of all, you will wake up hungry, which means overeating in the morning and feeling guilty as well as stuffed later. Also, the time you chose to eat doesn’t make any difference in your diet, because calories are calories, whether you eat them during the day or right before going to bed. So what can you do to stay healthy and fit?
You can start by avoiding to go to bed hungry, since it lowers the metabolism, which actually encourages gaining weight. Not to mention that it lowers the immune system and breaks down your muscles. Without necessary nutrients, your muscles start to deteriorate due to insufficient energy. So, out with the old and incorrect rule and in with the light midnight snack.
Of course, eating heavily before bed will only produce bad dreams and a heartburn, but eating dinner rich in carbohydrates and low on protein a few hours before going off to dreamland is the perfect recipe for maintaining strength and a healthy body weight, and yet getting the rest you deserve. Just whatever you do, never lay your head down when your stomach is growling.
On the other hand, stay away from saturated fat snacks, because they can slow your digestion and make you quite uncomfortable when trying to sleep. That said, you already know what you need to do. Even studies suggest eating small meals throughout the day causes the body to look for energy from its fat stores overnight. And you know what that means? Your muscles won’t have to suffer any longer!
Stay on the right track and never again go to sleep on an empty stomach. Then again, don’t push your luck if hunger doesn’t show its ugly face before going to bed. After all, it is always best to avoid late-night fridge raids, but if you feel food-deprived, take an apple or a yogurt with some fruit and you won’t have any trouble falling asleep.