Why You Shouldn’t Eat Before Going To Bed

HamburgerDid you know that eating prior to going to bed can lead to weight gain and a bloated, sluggish feeling in the morning? Your metabolism slows down at night so while you’re trying to sleep your body is forced to digest food when it is least efficient, meaning you will store extra calories as fat, especially around your midsection. This is why most of us are tired even after getting a sufficient amount of sleep. Our bodies are busy working when it should be resting and recuperating.  To remedy this problem, try not to eat 2 or 3 hours before going to bed.

This advice is especially important if you’re looking to lose weight and look good in those jeans you brought last year but can’t fit into because of your weight gain over the winter.  Losing weight is not rocket science, although some people may want you to think it is.  You will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose those extra pounds by just taking this simple advice.

I am aware that most of us have very hectic schedules and sometimes we don’t get home until late in the evening and the first thing you do when you get home is look into the refrigerator and the last thing on our minds is “portion control.”  We pile up the plate and eat until satisfied while watching television or until the television is watching us.  The best way to control this desire to eat is to try eating small, healthy meals throughout the day about 3 hours apart.  This way of eating will minimize your cravings late at night.

A common mistake most of us “busy” people make is to skip meals because of our “busy” lifestyles.  You’re doing more harm than good to your body.  Eating about 5 small meals throughout the day is known to prevent hunger pangs and curb overeating.  Eating more frequently also helps to jumpstart your metabolism so you can burn calories more  efficiently.

Vince Ferguson

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