What To Do Before Bed To Lose Weight

May 16, 2016  |  
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Did you know that whether or not you get enough sleep has a big impact on the success of your diet? Some studies say that you can increase your fat loss by around 50 percent just by making sure that you get enough zs. And just hitting the sack isn’t the only way to get your bedtime routine to help you do great things for your waistline.

Your metabolism doesn’t just run during the daytime when you’re up and moving, working on a meal, or resting after a meal. Nighttime is when your body does some of its most important fat-burning work. So it really pays to ensure that you’re focusing not only on what you’re doing during the day but on what you do at night as well.

Do these things before you go to bed and you can do a lot to boost your diet and increase the rate at which you lose weight. So turn out the lights, hit the sack, and dream about lower numbers on the scale tomorrow.

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Have A Low-Sodium Dinner

Have big crop top plans this weekend? Cut back on the salt in your Friday night dinner. It will keep you from retaining bloating water weight in the morning.

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Bust A Move In The Bedroom

A little cardio before bedtime can boost your metabolism while you sleep.

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Drink Water

Making sure you get eight glasses of water a day is a great way to boost your metabolism and keep yourself from retaining water weight. If you’ve slacked on your daily water consumption, before bed is a good time to catch up. Just stop roughly one hour before you go to sleep to keep from having to continuously get up in the middle of the night.

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Boost Your Melatonin

Not only does the hormone help you sleep, new studies suggest it also boosts your metabolism when you do.

You can find melatonin supplements at many health food stores. Or simply make your room very dark at night with blackout curtains to encourage your body to produce more of its own supply to help regulate your sleep and wake hours.

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Make It Cold

When you’re chilly at night you burn more calories in your sleep. One study found that folks who slept at 66 degrees burned nearly 10 percent more calories than those who slept with the room at a toasty 75 degrees.

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Set Your Alarm For A Little Later When You Can

When you’re well rested, your body produces more of the hormones that help your metabolism and keep you from overeating.

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Have A Cup of Tea

Many types of tea not only soothe you before bed but also boost your metabolism while you sleep.

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Have A Late-Night Snack

You don’t have to feel guilty about running to the fridge in the middle of the night. Snacking on something high in protein will keep your metabolism burning in high gear while you’re catching zs and make you less likely to pile on the calories during breakfast the next morning.

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Lift Weights

Don’t want to sweat your hair out before bedtime? Lift weights or do resistance exercises like squats until you feel the burn. It’s another great way to give your metabolism a nighttime boost.

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Smell Mint

Tend to overdo it with late-night snacking when you can’t sleep? Try adding a drop of mint oil to your pillow, keeping a bowl of mints by the bed, or growing a few plants in your room. The smell of mint is a natural appetite suppressant that will make you less likely to climb in and out of bed for snacks.

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Make Your Breakfast

If time is an issue in the morning, make your breakfast the night before. People who make time to eat a healthy breakfast enjoy a big fat-burning metabolism boost during the day.

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Meditate

Have stressful days? Your body may be overproducing the stress hormone cortisol that encourages your body to retain fat. Spend a few moments meditating before bed to calm yourself down for a more relaxed evening.

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