Do you feel like you're taking two steps forward and four steps back in regards to living a healthy lifestyle? Do you feel lethargic and bloated? It can be tough to keep at it when you're not getting results you want as fast as you want them. But being healthy requires vigilance. So here we'll offer a few tips on how you can debloat and promote weight loss even after hours.
1. Have a Low-Sodium Dinner
If you want to wake up feeling less bloated, skip those salty foods before bedtime. What happens is the salt stays in your system overnight, so you wake up puffier than you usually would. Instead, cook a healthy meal of steamed veggies and a lean protein—neither of which should be loaded with salt.
2. Do a Nighttime Workout
We all know that sweating can help you drop lbs, but you may think that exercising too close to bedtime can keep you up at night. Luckily, that's not true; a 2013 survey from the National Sleep Foundation found that active people are 56 to 67 percent more likely to say they usually get a good night's sleep—no matter what time of day they exercise.
3. Pack Your Lunch (My Favorite)
The average restaurant meal contains more than twice the number of calories you should be consuming in one sitting and that's not even taking into account the lower calorie count you'll want your lunch to clock in at if you're trying to loss weight. Are you saying, "but in the morning, who has time to make lunch?" This definitely use to be me. Save yourself from a midday diet-wrecker by prepping your meal the night before. THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
4. Drink Plenty of Water
H2O flushes out your system, which helps you get rid of any water you're retaining. But since you don’t want to be up all night running to the bathroom (and getting quality shuteye is crucial to weight loss), try stopping your water consumption one hour before bedtime.
5. Make Sure Your Bedroom is Super Dark
The hormone melatonin can help your body produce more calorie-burning brown fat. Since your body already produces melatonin when you’re in complete darkness, make sure your room is light-free to boost weight loss.
6. Turn Down the Thermostat Before Headed To Bed
The idea of burning more calories while you sleep may sound too good to be true, but a National Institute of Health Clinical Center study found that people who slept in a 66-degree room burned seven percent more calories than people who snoozed at 75 degrees. Seven percent isn't a ton—but it can’t hurt!