Contrary to what you might have been told, it’s okay — and even encouraged — to snack at night. But if you’re trying to lose weight, the tricky part is choosing foods that will support your weight loss goals, while also keeping you satisfied enough to get the shut eye you need.
And, of course, there are always foods that are best to avoid. This is the worst food you can have before bed over 30 if you’re trying to lose weight, according to nutritionists.
Sugary Foods And Foods That Are High In Carbs
If that leftover slice of cake in the fridge is calling your name, you may be tempted to answer. But it those sweet cravings kick in at night, it’s best to wait until the next day when you have time to digest and burn off all of that sugar.
The worst foods you can eat at night are sugar-filled treats and high-carb foods like pizza, bagels, and other types of bread. For starters, these foods do a number on your blood sugar levels, sending them soaring before causing them — and you — to crash.
“Sugar in its free form tends to cause a pretty quick spike in blood sugar, followed by a pretty rapid decline or ‘crash’, whereas, if you eat sugar that’s in a bound form, for example, in an apple or from a glass of milk, the effect on blood sugar is far less, so it doesn’t cause quite that same spike or crash,” Jennifer Sygo, registered dietitian and sports nutritionist at Cleveland Clinic Canada, told Best Health Magazine.
If you are truly craving a sweet treat, fruit like an apple or orange would be preferable to crackers, cookies, and cake. But remember: sugar is still sugar. Yes, you are getting the added benefits of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from fruit — and that’s an important differentiating factor. But experiencing any type of sugar high before bed can disrupt your quality of sleep, which in itself is another important factor in weight loss.
There are far better bedtime snacks out there that aren’t filled with sugar or refined carbs. Try a protein-rich snack like a few slices of turkey, low-fat Greek yogurt, cheese, or a celery topped with peanut butter. These snacks will satisfy you until morning and keep you on top of your weight loss goals.