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5 foods that you need to have close to bedtime for weight loss

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01/6 Foods for weight loss

It is a common notion that munching late at night, especially close to bedtime can derail your weight loss journey. But as per another theory going to bed with a rumbling tummy can also sabotage your weight loss goal. Hunger disturbs your sleep at night and makes you cranky in the morning. As a result, you eat more and often make unhealthy food choices. To stay on track and lose weight effectively, it is better to go to bed sans hunger pangs. There are plenty of food options that you can munch on late at night to curb your hunger and also get a peaceful sleep. Here are a few food items that you can eat.

02/6​ Yoghurt

High in protein and low calories, yoghurt is extremely filling and can help you build muscles even when you sleep. Having a bowl of fresh yoghurt at night can even improve the digestion process for those suffering from digestive issues. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology suggests that eating yoghurt at night right before sleeping can stimulate overnight protein synthesis. This can help in muscle growth and repair. Besides, the micronutrient in it can aid in weight loss.

03/6​ Bread and peanut butter

If you are looking for something more filling then have 1 or 2 slices of whole-grain bread with some peanut butter. Rich in protein, peanuts can help in muscle repair and regeneration. They are also high in tryptophan, an amino acid that puts you to sleep. When paired with whole-grain your body can easily absorb the amino acid in peanut due to the presence of Vitamin B. The two food items can also boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories in the morning.

04/6​ Almonds

There couldn’t be anything better than having a handful of nuts when hunger strikes you late at night. Low in calories and packed with essential nutrients, almonds can repair muscle overnight and increase satiety. The tree nut can reduce belly fat and also help you maintain the overall body mass index. Have a handful of unsalted, soaked and peeled almonds at night for better results.

05/6​ Banana

Banana is mostly believed to be a fattening fruit. But actually, it is loaded with nutrients that can help you sleep peacefully at night and even aid in weight loss. The fiber content in it can keep you full for a longer time and even curb your craving for sugary stuff. Rich in potassium and magnesium, the yellow fruit can also help your muscles relax. Loaded with nutrients, bananas can also improve sleep quality, reduce stress and alleviate muscle cramps.

06/6​ Cottage cheese

Cottage cheese is another perfect bedtime snack for all those trying to shed kilos. Rich in casein, cottage cheese can keep you full all night and can also be beneficial in muscle repair and regeneration. Besides, it also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can help you fall asleep faster. The findings of a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggest that having just 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese 30 minutes before bedtime could speed up your metabolism and can improve your overall health.

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