There are two types of nighttime snacks: those that boast just a bit of protein, are low in calories, and can promote weight loss — and all of the rest.
Unfortunately, if you are trying to lose weight, it’s important to keep close tabs on the foods you fill up on before bed. The hours between dinner and bedtime don’t allow for much time to burn calories, which means there are a few treats that aren’t your best options.
This is the worst thing you can have before bed over 40 if you’re trying to lose weight, according to a nutritionist.
There’s good news and bad news when it comes to food that you eat before bed.
The good news is: it isn’t as much about the specific foods you are eating as you may think. The worst and best food choices you make at night have a lot more to do with how much — or how little — you’re eating.
“Being overly full or starving is more likely to lead to sleep issues than any one particular food,” St. Louis-based registered dietitian Alex Caspero, R.D. told Cooking Light.
You may have heard that protein-packed snacks and meals are more filling than sugary carbs. And there’s truth to the idea that these foods sustain you for longer.
But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to sit with a bowl of meatballs before bed.
“Protein revs up our metabolism, which is great during the day, but not so great when you’re trying to wind down,” Minnesota-based registered dietitian Leah Kleinschrodt, R.D., told Cooking Light. With that said, she added that some people do need some protein at night to help stabilize their blood sugar.
A better snack choice that has just enough protein (but not so much that it will keep you up for hours in an attempt to digest it all)? A few pieces of cheese like parmesan or mozzarella with nitrate-free turkey slices.
Another excellent option? A small carton of low-fat Greek yogurt with a few blueberries thrown in for good measure. The berries contain just enough carbs to elevate your blood sugar so that you aren’t starving before bed, while the yogurt’s probiotics are excellent for your gut health and its healthy fat content leaves you fuller for longer.