What if you could lose weight by simply switching up your bedtime routine?
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t.
Research has proven that getting a better night’s sleep can help you lose weight and surprisingly it’s one of the most effective methods!
Likewise, your bedtime routine can massively impact your health and making some simple lifestyle changes in the evening can even help you shed pounds. Add these 4 habits to your bedtime routine, and you’ll make your weight-loss journey so much easier:
1. Load Up On Dairy
Dairy before bed helps build muscle in your sleep, and building muscle is the best way to increase your metabolic rate and burn calories. Rich with a type of protein named casein; milk helps fulfil your need for amino acids throughout the night, which will healthily boost weight loss.
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Drinking a glass of milk before you sleep is beneficial not only in helping you sleep better but also in suppressing your midnight appetite.
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2. Sleep on time
An unregulated sleep schedule is linked to excessive weight gain. It’s the hormone melatonin that tells us when to go to bed. It also helps activate beige fat cells that help to burn calories.
If your regime is inconsistent, you interfere with melatonin production and deprive yourself of quality sleep.
Lack of sleep makes your fat cells less responsive to insulin, which can cause weight gain.
This habit can also trigger a bigger appetite the next day, hence you may find that many people tend to eat anything after sleeping so little the previous night.
3. Yoga before sleep
Intense exercise scheduled too close to bed can backfire by energizing you, On the other hand, performing some light stretching or yoga before ( or even in) bed helps the body relax.
Many yoga postures can help your body relax and efficiently lower your body weight, such as the easy forward bend and standing forward bend poses.
For even more relaxation, incorporate deep, diaphragmatic breathing into your moves. Here’s how to do that: Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, focusing on taking slow, complete breaths that raise and lower your belly, rather than your chest.
Doing so activates your “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system to reduce tension and help you fall asleep.
4. Drink herbal tea
Certain types of tea can help you lose weight at night. And no, we’re not talking about dubious diet teas, which promise you magical results in one night.
Natural herbal teas can improve your health in different ways and even make you more fit. Cinnamon combats inflammation and prevents bloating in the morning. Peppermint reduces appetite and helps you to avoid snacking. And chamomile improves digestion and relaxes your nerves.
Starting these rituals may help you to stay thinner but they won’t work miracles unless you exercise and eat healthy during the day.
Tell us in the comments which of these factors surprised you most of all.