What and when to eat at the end of the day can have a big impact on your weight. If you eat the right thing and at the right time you can actually lose weight while you sleep, otherwise you can wake up in the morning with a body with a little more fat.
To lose weight, you will have to stop eating two or three hours before going to bed. You must feel a little hungry. When you are trying to lose weight, getting into bed feeling a little hungry is really a good thing to eliminate body fat.
Each time we eat, the metabolism increases slightly. But this effect is lost or minimized at night. You do not get the same benefit from boosting your metabolism by eating right before bed, since a couple of hours after dinner the body begins to prepare for sleep. This natural weakening of your metabolic rate replaces any metabolic drive you might get from eating. So once in bed, the calories that we are going to use are the basic calories that are needed to maintain heartbeat and breathing, and allow the eyes to move during sleep (REM). This is just a minimum number of calories.
Eating late at night can also inhibit your potential to burn calories the next day.
Let’s say, for example, that you have a big hamburger and fries at 10 o’clock in the evening and you go to sleep at 11 o’clock. When you wake up the next morning, the last thing on your mind is going to be breakfast, because that he will still be digesting what he ate the night before. You will most likely skip breakfast and lose all those metabolic-boosting benefits you would get from making a good meal in the morning.
– Eating too much food, especially carbohydrates, late at night increases body fat.
– High glycemic carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, sugar, etc.) before bedtime raises insulin levels, which will cause the ingested calories you will not be able to burn will turn them into fat.
– If you fast for 9 hours (for example from 11 pm to 8 am), your body will start burning large amounts of fat around the fifth hour and will continue to do so until you wake up.
– Eat about 3 hours before going to bed, you will have time to burn those calories and you will probably go to bed with some appetite.
– Eat frequently throughout the day, small portions of healthy foods and snacks at 3-hour intervals, to reduce cravings at night.
– Your last meal should consist mainly of protein and low calories (such as a baked chicken breast), high-fiber carbohydrates (vegetables and fruits) and avoid all starchy carbohydrates at bedtime (breads, pastas, rice, potatoes , etc.).
– If, like many of us, you have carbohydrate cravings before bedtime, just make sure these are rich in fiber and low glycemic index like: apples, strawberries, peaches, plums, bran cereal, fresh vegetables, vegetable juice , etc.