Looking to Lose Weight? Follow These 6 Night Time Rituals
Develop a ritual that will trigger sleep. 
Develop a ritual that will trigger sleep. (Photo: iStockphoto)

Looking to Lose Weight? Follow These 6 Night Time Rituals

If you ask me the best place to lose weight is not your gym, but your bed. What you do (or don’t do) during this very crucial time of the day can make a difference in your health and your waist size. The idea is to develop a ritual that will trigger sleep.

Now this could be as simple as reading a book, listening to some relaxing music or following a food ritual that will actually help you to lose weight as you sleep.

1. Eat Small Dinners

 Make dinner your smaller meal and eat at least 2 hours before you hit the sack.
Make dinner your smaller meal and eat at least 2 hours before you hit the sack.
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It’s a no brainer that eating a large dinner or eating it too close to sleeping time will make you gain weight. There is solid science behind it. The fact is that it will take your body a long time to metabolize a large meal and this will result in the food you have eaten getting stored as fat in-stead of being used as a fuel. Make dinner your smaller meal and eat at least 2 hours before you hit the sack.

If you can weave in a easy paced walk of about 20 minutes after diner, it’ll help you cause even more.

Also Read : 15 Simple Weight Loss Hacks That Will Give You Quick Results

2. Drink Peppermint Tea

A cup of peppermint tea just before going to bed can relax you.
A cup of peppermint tea just before going to bed can relax you.
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A cup of peppermint tea just before going to bed can relax you, release your stress and lull you into a restful sleep. It also helps to suppress appetite, kill cravings, beat bloating, improve digestion, and speed up the metabolism.

A perfect recipe to lose weight as you sleep, don’t you think.

Also Read : 4 Reasons Why Green Tea is Great for You

3. Include Some Protein in Your Dinner

Protein is more thermogenic than carbs or fat.
Protein is more thermogenic than carbs or fat.
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Those who eat some protein for dinner have a higher resting metabolic rate the next morning than those who don’t.

That is because protein is more thermogenic than carbs or fat, so your body burns more calories digesting it.

Also Read : Hate Eggs? Here Are Other High Protein Breakfast Options For You

4. Get Some Tryptophan

Milk is an absolute winner.
Milk is an absolute winner.
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Milk is an absolute winner here. That’s because it provides the amino acid tryptophan, which is sleep-inducing, and it also provides the carbohydrate lactose is a good combination (you need to have carbs with protein to get tryptophan across the blood-brain barrier). And there is enough evidence that when you sleep well, you burn more calories and your weight stays in check.

Sleep debt on the other hand is a known reason for weight gain. Other tryptophan rich foods are nuts, chicken, fish, lentils, and eggs; all of these can help you sleep better and lose weight as you sleep.

Also Read : The Truth About Milk: Is It Good Or Bad for Your Health?

5. Sprinkle Some Pepper On The Food

Pepper is one of the best spices for losing weight.
Pepper is one of the best spices for losing weight.
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Pepper is one of the best spices for losing weight, so one of the most effective ways to burn fat is to sprinkle pepper liberally on your dinner.

Your body will continue to burn fat while you sleep. That simple!

Also Read : Is Black Pepper the Answer to Weight Loss, a Healthier Heart?

6. Munch On A Banana

Banana is a perfect sleep inducing food.
Banana is a perfect sleep inducing food.
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Trust me next time you have trouble falling asleep, go to the kitchen and grab a banana instead of reaching out for another sleeping pill. Banana is a perfect sleep inducing food thanks to its high magnesium, potassium and tryptophan content.

Or eat some sweet potatoes; they are a sleeper’s dream as not only do they provide sleep-promoting complex carbohydrates, they also contain that muscle-relaxant potassium.

(Kavita Devgan is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of ‘Don't Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico)‘. Her next book ‘Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa)‘ will be out in September.)

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