10 Nighttime Habits that Make you Heavier

Did you know that some of your nighttime habits can be the culprit to your unexpected weight gain?

1. Not getting enough sleep

If you’re not getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night, your metabolism becomes much slower. This will make you feel hungry as it increases your cortisol level. Moreover, you’ll exercise less because you’ll feel more tired than usual.

2. Overeating during dinner

You should only eat light dinner that mainly consists  of proteins and vegetables before hitting the sack. When you consume too much food during dinner, your digestions slows down, making you pack on extra pounds. You should also avoid watching TV while eating as it makes you eat more.


3. Hitting the sack right after dinner

Make sure that you allot 1.5 to 2 hours before going to bed. If you go to bed right after eating supper, you’ll accumulate more fat cells and even suffer from digestive problems.

4. Eating fried food for dinner

Instead of consuming fried food for supper, opt for steamed, baked or grilled recipes at night. Eating fried food has too many calories which will be difficult for you to burn off. As a result, you’ll gain more fat cells and will have trouble sleeping.

5. Eating spicy food for dinner

Tempted to eat that spicy Tom Yum for dinner? Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the right choice as spices and spicy food can lead to poor digestion, heart burn and sleep problems. While spicy food speeds up metabolism, it is recommended that you eat it any time except at night.

6.  Consuming cereal or carbohydrates for dinner

High-carb foods like cereal or carbohydrates actually give you extra energy that you won’t need while sleeping. Moreover, it has refined sugars that you need to burn off immediately. Opt for smoothies, fresh fruits, salads or high-protein foods in small portions for dinner.

7.  Eating dessert or snack at night

Desserts and sugary snacks are certainly sweet endings to every meal, but having this after dinner will certainly hurt your waist as white sugar and flour convert into fat cells that you can’t burn off at night.

8. Skipping dinner

If you think passing on the last day of the meal can help you lose weight, you’re totally wrong. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and makes you feel hungrier at your next meal. It can also make you lose muscle tissue and cause anxiety. Try to consume at least a piece of fruit if you don’t have time for a decent dinner.

9. Drinking alcohol or caffeine

Drinks with alcohol or caffeine contain too much calories and can negatively affect your sleep. Instead of finishing your day with a glass of wine or caffeine, opt for natural smoothies, hot milk or water.

10. Using gadgets before going to bed

Gadgets like cellphones, tablets and computers emit blue light that affect your health and sleep. It also releases radio frequency waves that cause sleep deprivation. Make sure to turn off all your devices at least one hour before going to bed.

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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