One of the biggest things you’ll hear from any fitness trainer or nutritionist is that when you’re trying to lose weight, food after dark is not your friend.
There are reasons why consuming calories after 7 p.m. works against your weight loss goals, according to some research studies published in the International Journal of Obesity and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For one, most people have a lower physical activity level late in the day, so it’s hard to naturally burn off calories around that time.
Studies have also shown that on average, 33 percent of adults in America consume 15 percent of their daily caloric intake after 11 p.m. This problematic statistic was published in an article for Women’s Health Magazine. However, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
In this entry of the TRU Muscle lifestyle journal, I’m going to offer you five healthy suggestions for snacks to eat around bedtime that can actually help you lose weight. Sounds unbelievable, right? But I wouldn’t tell you if it wasn’t TRU. Let’s get started.
1. Nonfat Greek yogurt.
Dr. Janet Brill is a nutritionist based in Philadelphia and the author of a book called Blood Pressure Down. Dr. Brill suggested in an exclusive interview with a popular healthy lifestyle publication that nonfat Greek yogurt is okay to consume when your stomach is barking those late night growls.
“For about 100 to 150 calories, you get the relaxing powers of tryptophan from the dairy, as well as satisfying protein [from nonfat Greek yogurt],” Dr. Brill says. Sounds like a harmless bedtime snack like this one is just what the doctor ordered.
2. Baby Carrots.
These are a great bedtime snack because every calorie you get from baby carrots contains zero fat. Hear that? ZERO. Plus each baby carrot only has about four calories. “Super-nutritious with lots of crunch, these little orange guys will fill you up long enough, so you doze off,” says Dr. Brill. Plus, carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is good for your vision.
3. Apple w/spoonful of peanut butter.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In this case, it can keep that unwanted fat away as well. Slicing an apple up in individual slices along with a spoon of peanut butter is a great snack that will fight hunger and not send your pounds north on the scale. However, if you have a peanut allergy, use almond butter instead. Apples are also loaded with fiber, which is great for your digestive tract.
4. A few slices of white meat turkey.
Turkey is not just good for you around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. The reason why people gain weight around the holiday season is because they’re usually not controlling their portions and they’re also eating a gang of other entrees and side items that pack on major pounds.
However, a few slices of white meat turkey are only going to run you about 100 calories or so. Plus, there’s a good incentive to eating a little turkey before bed. “Turkey is loaded with sleep-inducing tryptophan and low-fat, high-quality protein,” Dr. Brill added. That goes a long way to prove why people are usually snoring somewhere after that nice Thanksgiving dinner plate.
5. Nonfat pudding.
A one-cup serving of nonfat pudding is only about 90 calories. If you’re in need of a bedtime snack that’s not going to leave saturated fat lingering in your stomach like an anchor while you sleep, try some nonfat pudding. Any flavor of your choice is suitable, but make sure it doesn’t contain fat.
Well, there you have it. You’ve got five healthy bedtime snack suggestions to choose from straight from the TRU Muscle master himself.
But don’t just take my word for it.
We also learned about a professional nutritionist and award-winning author on health who personally endorsed these great bedtime snack suggestions. I did my research on Dr. Brill, and she definitely comes in as worthy and well-qualified. However, a rewarding late night snack is only going to help you lose weight if you’re packing on calories the right way during the day. Peace and love, and remember: Health is wealth.