As we all know, losing weight is far from easy. Often times, it requires a complete lifestyle overhaul. You've got to change the way you eat, exercise more and make your life as stress free as possible. Difficult work! But you can totally simplify parts of your weight loss journey. There are a few simple little changes you can make in your nighttime routine that will help you shed pounds while getting your shut eye!
Check it out:
1. Drink a protein shake
Although it goes against everything we've been told about eating at nighttime, a recent study has found that having a small snack before bed can actually help. Researchers at Florida State University found that people who drank a 150-calorie protein shake 30 to 60 minutes before bed experienced a faster metabolism, lower blood pressure, and better metabolic function. All good things for a trimmer waist! Inspired by the BodyRock Meal Plan
, why not give this smoothie a try?
2. Black out the bedroom
We know we should be keeping electronics and certain types of light out of our bedrooms at nighttime but even dim light can be disrupting your sleep. If your neighbourhood is particularly bright, you might want to consider investing in blackout curtains. If you have an alarm clock, it is a good idea to turn it around so that the light isn't shining into your face. The darker you can make your room, the better.
3. Plan ahead
Before you go to bed at night, pack a healthy lunch for the next day. Pack your gym bag and place it by the door. Post a reminder to meditate on your bathroom mirror. When your morning is a rushing blur, it is hard to find the motivation to do the things that will contribute to your weight loss. So, help yourself out and do it at night. Every bit you can do contributes to making these activities a part of your routine.
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4. Crank the A/C
The journal Diabetes,
published a study which had young male volunteers sleep in a room cooled to 66°F. The results found the volunteers doubled their brown fat levels (the calorie burning type of fat) compared to when they slept in 75° rooms.
5. Set your alarm
According to a study from Brigham Young University, women who woke up each day within the same one hour window, weighed less than women who had dramatically different wake up times. And it isn't just your weight that is impacted. Other studies have found that even a 2 hour difference can increase your risk of heart disease and cancer. But, since losing even 1 hour of sleep can make you feel hungrier and more inclined to reach for unhealthy foods, make sure you are getting to bed early enough to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
Easy enough to do right?
Are you willing to mix up your bedtime routine?