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6 Ways To Boost Weight Loss & Support Your Fitness Goals Tonight

January 27, 2015 2 min read

We don't expect you to run a marathon after a full days work - but these 6 tips will give you an added edge towards achieving your fitness goals. Have a Low-Sodium Dinner "If you want to wake up feeling less bloated, definitely skip the Chinese dinner," says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. What happens is the salt stays in your system overnight, so you wake up puffier than you normally would. The best option is to cook a healthy meal of steamed veggies and a lean protein—neither of which should be loaded with salt. Do a Nighttime Workout You know that sweating can help you drop pounds, but you may think that exercising too close to bedtime can keep you up at night. Luckily, that's not true; a 2013 survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that active people are 56 to 67 percent more likely to say they usually get a good night's sleep—no matter what time of day they exercise. Our Hiit workouts take between 12-16 minutes and are the perfect way to boost your metabolism before sleep. Check them out here. yIl81FahppPkN-2r8MmCBR7dHLc48d3F-RyXOmP6jX8 Pack Your Lunch The average restaurant meal contains more than twice the number of calories you should be consuming in one sitting, according to a 2013 study—and that's not even taking into account the lower calorie count you'll want your lunch to clock in at if you're trying to drop pounds. But in the a.m. rush, who has time to make lunch? Save yourself from a midday diet-wrecker by prepping your meal the night before. Drink Lots of Water H2O flushes out your system, which helps you get rid of any water you're retaining. But since you don’t want to be up all night running to the bathroom (and getting quality shuteye is crucial to weight loss), Gans suggests putting a halt to your water chugging one hour before bedtime. Make Sure Your Bedroom is Super Dark The hormone melatonin can help your body produce more calorie-burning brown fat, according to an animal study published last year in Journal of Pineal Research. Since your body already produces melatonin when you’re in complete darkness, make sure your room is light-free to boost weight loss. Turn Down the Thermostat Before Hitting the Hay The idea of burning more calories while you sleep may sound too good to be true, but a National Institute of Health Clinical Center study found that people who slept in a 66-degree room burned seven percent more calories than people who snoozed at 75 degrees. Seven percent isn’t a ton—but over the course of a week or a month, those effects will show up as a positive change on your waist line. H/T: Women's Health

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