Is it possible to lose weight, even before going to sleep? Of course it is. Your metabolism is always working, so you just need to implement some simple strategies to keep it active. Remember that the end of your day is still an important period when it comes to weight loss, so it’s worth remembering some simple tips.
In today’s article, we’ll give you a few tips to lose weight before bedtime.
1. The importance of dinner
A lot of people decide to skip dinner thinking that it will help them lose weight more easily. This is a mistake. By not eating dinner, you’re going to spend the next 10 hours or so without giving your body any nutrients. This has two big consequences: first and foremost, it means you’re not following a healthy dietary routine. And secondly, it slows down your metabolism.
So what’s the solution? It’s important for you to eat dinner, and we suggest you follow these recommendations:
- Try to eat dinner two hours before you go to bed.
- Choose a light dinner.
- You’ve probably heard that it’s important to have a small but balanced dinner. Some people hear this and make the mistake of only eating a salad. That’s not the right idea either. Your dinner should contain protein, fiber, vitamins, and even carbohydrates.
- Be especially careful when it comes to salads, because in these last hours of the day your body doesn’t digest them as well. Vegetable soups make a great alternative. Want an example? Try pumpkin soup with cinnamon, or squash soup with garlic and oats. They’re delicious! You can even combine them with a piece of salmon.
2. A half hour walk
It’s not about going running until you’re completely exhausted. All you need to do is relax and keep your metabolism active. It’s very satisfying, for example, to go for a walk with your pet or a friend. Walk quickly and remember to breathe deeply.
Taking a walk later in the day also helps alleviate tension and sort through any issues you had during the day. As you know, stress is one of the biggest enemies to your health and your weight. If you get used to taking a walk later in the day, you have a pleasant time to relax, to ease tension, and see things in a different light.
You’ll come home more at ease. Just give it a try!
3. The benefits of a cleansing bath
After your walk, a relaxing, hot shower is a perfect idea. And once a week, for example, we recommend you have a cleansing bath. Sure, you’ll use a little bit more water, but the benefits are very important.
- It releases toxins from the body.
- It nourishes your skin with vitamins and minerls
- You’ll feel renewed and more energized.
This type of relaxing and detoxifying bath helps reduce inflammation and lets you wrap up your day in the most pleasant way, helping in the weight loss process. Just add 100 grams of baking soda to your bath water, along with 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 100 grams of sea salt, and a tablespoon of grated ginger. Sink in for half an hour and just…relax!
4. Teas for losing weight at the end of the day
There are lots of delicious and natural teas you can enjoy before bedtime. They’ll help you burn more fat, provide vitamins your body needs, and all the while help you relax. Here are some of the best:
Blueberry tea: Lowers blood sugar levels and helps you rest properly
Oolong tea: This famous Oriental tea is best know for its ability to promote weight loss, with its attractive blue color and delicious flavor.
Star anise tea: By drinking this later in the day you’ll have more relaxing sleep while burning any fat that you might have eaten at dinner.
Rose tea: This one is exquisite. According to the Journal of Food Science, rose tea is richer in antioxidants than green tea, and has no caffeine, making it ideal for nighttime. It helps fight constipation and that classic abdominal inflammation.
5. Get ready for a good night’s sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep will also help you lose weight. Surprised? Well, it’s true. During the night your lymphatic system performs the important task of detoxifying your body. If it didn’t do this, you’d retain harmful elements that cause inflammation and prevent you from losing weight the healthy way.
To get better sleep, you should try to keep the tempature in your bedroom between 68 and 75°F. It’s always best to sleep in cooler temperatures. When those limits are exceeded, you don’t sleep as well. And remember to stop using any electronic devices like your laptop or cell phone at least two hours before going to bed. That helps relax your brain waves. Choose a good book instead, and wrap up in blankets to keep warm.
As you can see, these simple evening tips will help you take better care of your health and lose weight the right way.