It is easy to think that eating too much is the sole contributing factor for weight gain but there are a whole lot of other less-obvious reasons why one may be putting on weight.
Studies have shown that the ways you choose to end your day can cause you to gain weight. This is because you are more prone to indulge in habits that can make you pack extra pounds at night. This could be due to your work schedule or staying up late. Whatever the case may be, it is important to mind the manner in which you choose to end your day.
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Here are 5 nighttime habits that might be disrupting your body’s metabolism, and thus making you fatter.
You’re not getting enough sleep
Sleep is one factor that affects all aspects of our health, so it should come as no surprise that it plays a role in weight gain and loss.
Failure to get adequate amounts of sleep affects your body in four major ways that contribute to weight gain
- It slows down your metabolism.
- It makes you feel hungry.
- It increases your cortisol level.
- It makes you too tired to exercise.
To prevent this from happening, follow a healthy sleeping schedule – go to bed early and wake up early. Also, get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
You overeat at dinner
Dinner should be your lightest meal of the day because this is when you are least active. At this time, your metabolic rate slows down, altering digestion of food.
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Always eat a light dinner that consists mainly of proteins and vegetables.
You go to bed right after dinner
When you sleep right after having your dinner, your body accumulates more fat cells. You also become susceptible to digestive problems. Always try to eat your last meal of the day 1.5 to 2 hours before bed.
Also, take a bath, meditate, or engage in breathing exercises to relax your body before going to bed.
You Eat While Watching TV
It is normal to want to relax at night after the day’s work, One of the ways most people do this is by watching TV. If you watch TV at night, try not to eat while doing so.
This is because watching TV and eating causes your brain to multitask. Studies have shown that when your brain is in “multitask” mode, it misses certain satiety cues, making you overeat.
You choose the wrong late-night snack
It is not wrong to indulge in some snacks before bed to reduce hunger pangs. But be mindful of the snacks you choose. Ensure your snack is light – low in fat and sugar. High-fat snacks can make it difficult for your body to digest food, while high-sugar foods can disrupt your blood sugar levels, causing you to wake up hungry in the middle of the night. This is a recipe for disaster if you are trying to control your weight.
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