If you are aiming for fitness and weight loss, you need to cut back on calories and finish your last meal at least 2 hours before you turn in for the day. Eating late at night or just before bed time is a recipe for disaster.
This is because the body’s metabolism becomes sluggish by the end of the day and the body cannot burn the excess calories while you sleep at night. This results in the food being stored as fat. Here is a list of the top 10 foods to avoid before bed time.
Top 10 Foods to Avoid Before Bed Time
Most of us are in the habit of having dessert after our supper or dinner. The most easily available and versatile pudding is ice cream. Most people stack cartons and cartons of ice cream in their refrigerators ready to be eaten at a moment’s notice.
The bad news is that ice cream is loaded in fat, sugar, milk and calories, which cannot be burnt while you rest at night. Even a scoop of ice cream can do enough damage and put your weight loss plan straight on the backburner. Have your scoop of ice cream during the day when you are active and the calories can be burnt.
While pasta in itself is not necessarily unhealthy, devouring the gooey and rich pasta available at Italian restaurants is not a very good idea. Most restaurants use plenty of cheese, olive oil, cream and heavy dressings in their pasta. Pasta made from refined flour is artery clogging and does more harm than good. Steer clear of pastas at night. Try to rustle up healthy pasta at home instead with minimal oil, dressings, cheese and cream. Eat it at 7 pm so that you are not overly full by the time you hit the sack.
Pizza can literally be a pain in the stomach especially if you have too much of it. It creates digestive overload, something your stomach is not prepared to do especially after a long and hard day’s work.It is also loaded in saturated fat and empty calories.
So do your stomach a favour by restricting your intake of pizza to not more than a slice and only on weekends.Go in for the thin crust pizzas. Home made are even a better option. Choose an opportune hour in the daytime to enjoy your slice of pizza.
Market cereals like muesli are rich sources of carbs and sugar and they are likely to send your blood sugar levels spiking. This essentially means that you will be hungry soon and might head for a midnight snack. It can also cause digestive discomfort and make you sleep badly at night.
Coffee and Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate and coffee are very high and rich sources of caffeine. A cup of coffee at night or a small bar of dark chocolate can keep you up at night while the clock ticks away.
Caffeine acts as a stimulant and keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep. Avoid coffee and chocolate after late evening. This is especially true for working individuals who aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep.
Spicy food Seasoned with Garlic
Spicy food that has tonnes of garlic can keep you up at night. This is because garlic can make you belch and cause severe acidity and heartburn. Heartburn at night can be particularly uncomfortable and can come in the way of quality sleep. If you have weak digestion and suffer from regular bouts of reflux, avoid garlic completely. Staying away from garlic can quell many a tummy troubles. The same goes for chillies and other spices, which can lead to severe heart burn.
Liquor or alcohol in any form can prove to be an intense dampener to the quality of sleep that you would like to have. Many people mistakenly believe that alcohol helps to lull you to sleep. However this is not true because alcohol adversely affects the brain functioning and interferes with many of its restorative functions.
Excessive alcohol can leave you puking at night. This is normally the result of a severe hangover. Not only will you be up at night but you will also get up in the morning with a splitting headache and severe dehydration. You are better off avoiding alcohol completely before bedtime. If you must, stick to a small glass of wine.
Sweets like mithai and chocolate bars are detrimental to weight loss and quality sleep. A sudden spike in sugar can leave you restless and bubbling with energy, which means you will be turning in much later than usual. The idea is to get 7-8 hours of sleep. Sugar can cut out on this sleep by at least 2-3 hours. Heavy snacks like chips and doughnuts are worse as they are loaded with artery clogging saturated fats. This can prove to be ominous for your health.
Mutton, beef and any form of red meat is extremely high on dense proteins. This means that you stomach will have to work overtime in order to digest it.
If you are pregnant, your tummy troubles can get further complicated with red meat. Stick to small portions of white meat like fish and chicken, which are infinitely healthier.
Colas like coffee are high on sugar and caffeine. They also have no nutritive value unlike some other ‘not so good’ foods. They have empty calories with tonnes of sugar. Research has suggested that having cola before you sleep will give you not only restless sleep but also affect your oral health in several ways.
So stay away from colas especially at night. I have just listed out some foods that you should avoid before going to sleep at night. This does not mean that you cannot indulge in them at all. Have them once in a while at a time during the day when you are physically active and the calories consumed can be easily burnt. At the same time, switch to healthier alternatives lie fruits and vegetables, which do your immunity good and add a healthy glow to your face.