Getting a good night’s sleep and weight loss go hand in hand. Just as the right bedtime snack can help you sleep better (because no one ever got their quality zzz’s while their stomach was growling), the wrong kind of night time snack can make it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a pre-bedtime snack. A few bites of a protein-rich food can settle your stomach and make it easier to fall asleep, while supporting your weight loss goals.
But this is the worst thing you can have before bed over 30 if you’re trying to lose weight, according to a nutritionist.
Leftover pizza is so tempting to munch on before bed — and so convenient since it tastes as delicious cold as it does heated up.
But pizza is among the worst things you can load up on before you turn in, and that has everything to do with its combination of carb-heavy dough and cheese, which contains saturated fat.
According to Rebecca Lewis, in-house dietitian at HelloFresh who spoke with Sleepnumber.com, the acids in tomato sauce can contribute to an upset stomach when you’re trying to relax and get to sleep. Any spices that rest on top of that slice to give it a zinger of a taste can also cause indigestion.
And that’s the scoop before we even get to the cheese and dough.
Pizza seems simple enough — what could be easier than a snack that has three major ingredients? But pizza dough is a refined carbohydrate that spikes blood sugar levels — not the thing you want before bed. And mozzarella cheese, though a decent source of protein, also contains saturated fat that weighs you down and is difficult to digest, especially at night.
“The goal is to feel relaxed prior to bed, and you may struggle to get to sleep if your body is trying to digest a very complex meal,” says Registered Dietitian Angel Planells told The Healthy.
If you’re not sure what to snack on before bed, think light, protein-rich foods that will keep you satisfied without making your digestive system work too hard. Great options include turkey slices (which also contain an amino acid that can help you fall asleep faster), low-fat yogurt, nonfat cottage cheese with fruit, or an apple with nut butter.