Eliminate these bad habits that you commit at bedtime and your belly will disappear too.
Do you exercise regularly and eat healthily, so why is the scale still a problem?
A possible answer to this mystery can be found in your nightly routine. Eliminate these bad habits and see if the kilos start to disappear too.
DO NOT COUNT NIGHT SNACKS
If you can’t imagine watching your favorite series without popcorn, we get it – just make sure you’re counting those extra calories into your daily total.
“I am not against people eating something at night,” says Dr. Peter LePort, asleep and weight loss expert and director of the Obesity Center at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. But, if you make a strong meal and then eat a large bowl of ice cream, will you gain weight?
If you plan on snacking later, add some exercise during the day or eat less during dinner to make up for it.
BOTTLING WITHOUT THINKING IN FRONT OF THE TELE
Research suggests that eating distracted not only affects how much you eat, but how much you remember of that food – why you keep an empty potato bag when a particularly good chapter in your series ends.
RELAX WITH THE LAST CUP OF THE NIGHT
Not only does it contain alcohol with empty calories, but that pre-sleep glass can affect your sleep cycle.
“Is there a problem with alcohol and sleeping? You’ll end up waking up in the middle of the night and you won’t rest,” explains Dr. LePort.
Research suggests that a bad night’s sleep can interfere with appetite hormones and lead to cravings (and consumption) for unhealthy food. So anything that gets in the way with your break messes up your weight loss efforts.
CHECK YOUR TECHNOLOGY BEFORE SLEEPING
The blue light emitted by the screen of your cell phone, laptop and television can affect your sleep cycle, so it is better to log out an hour before going to bed.
Sleeping with the television on is definitely a bad idea because light and sound prevent you from having a long night’s sleep.
You just don? T reach the level of depth of sleep, necessary to maintain a healthy mind and body,? Dr. LePort comments. If you can’t fall asleep without the help of the TV, at least set the timer to turn it off.
PUT THE ALARM TOO LATE
Getting up early can be difficult, but delaying the time to wake up as long as possible means that you will run away from home without having breakfast.
Research suggests that protein-rich breakfasts can help you eat less throughout the day and lose weight.
If the morning rush constantly catches you off guard, change your bedtime and waking hours so you have enough time in the morning to eat a healthy breakfast.