Fat Burning Late Night Snacks
Recently the ADA (American Dietetic Association) said that eating too many calories before bed will result in more calories stored as fat. This does not mean you have to starve yourself before going to sleep, it simply means you need to choose your late night snacks correctly.
Research now clearly shows that having a late night snack is linked to weight-gain, showing that this will also make for restless sleep which often results in an increased fatigue and bingeing on the day after. But it's important to note that these studies looked at people who were over-indulging in many different types of high-fat calorie foods, called comfort calories.
The problem is that trying to sleep when you're famished will mess with your healthy nutrition plan for the next day. Research shows that eating low-calorie and sleep-inducing snacks won't get you waking up feeling bloated, it will help speed up metabolism and increase your HGH output while sleeping. Below are a few good sleep-inducing snacks that you can choose to help muscle gain and fat-loss.
It may be highly processed by it's got plenty protein, some good fat and will make you feel satiated, plus it's only has 80 calories per serving. Cheese also has an important amino acid called tryptophan, which helps to make you drowsy before sleeping.
BOWL OF CEREAL:
Refined sugar/carbs as a late night snack is not a good idea. If you have a healthy bowl of whole-grain complex carb cereal like oatmeal, bran flakes or corn flakes it will be easier to digest, with milk is about 200 calories.
NONFAT GREEK YOGURT:
Greek yoghurt offers you a good protein source with plenty tryptophan to help you fall asleep.
2 SLICES WHITE-MEAT TURKEY:
Turkey is packed with tryptophan plus it's got plenty of low-fat, good-quality protein. A few slices will never be more than 100 calories.
ONE APPLE WITH SPOON OF PEANUT-BUTTER:
A good combination of protein and easily digested carbs from an apple and some peanut butter. Almond butter or peanut butter will give you an easy snack to digest so you wake in the morning without a heavy gut.
NON-FAT CHOC PUDDING CUP:
Because this highly processed snack does not have any fat and comes in a small convenient cup of around 90 calories, it will not sit inside your belly and will be fully digested in less than an hour, helping you sleep.
Baby carrots are super-nutritious with plenty crunch that will fill you up, allowing you to doze off, with only 4 fat-free calories for each carrot.
Bananas have plenty of satiating fiber with plenty of relaxing tryptophan. A perfect late-night snack which only has 100 calories each.
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