Weight loss is not just about what you do in the gym and kitchen. The choices you make from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep all play a vital role in helping you achieve your goals. There are several things you can do at night that will help you maximize your weight loss efforts the next day.
6 nighttime habits to help you lose more weight
Of course nights are great for going on dates, binge-watching Netflix, doing work, chatting on the phone—you name it. But you know what else they’re great for? Setting yourself up for bigger and better weight-loss results. Just follow these tips to get yourself that much closer to your goal weight.
1. Have a low-sodium dinner.
“If you want to wake up feeling less bloated, definitely skip the Chinese dinner,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet. What happens is the salt stays in your system overnight, so you wake up puffier than you normally would. The best option is to cook a healthy meal of steamed veggies and a lean protein—neither of which should be loaded with salt.
2. Do a nighttime workout.
You know that sweating can help you drop pounds, 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% more likely to say they usually get a good night’s sleep—no matter what time of day they exercise. Check out these 4 other reasons why it’s OK to work out at night.
3. Pack your lunch.
The average restaurant meal contains more than twice the number of calories you should be consuming in one sitting, according to a 2013 study—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 drop pounds. But in the a.m. rush, who has time to make lunch? Save yourself from a midday diet-wrecker by prepping your meal the night before. (We love make-ahead mason jar salads in particular.)
4. Drink lots 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 shut-eye is crucial to weight loss), Gans suggests putting a halt to your water chugging one hour before bedtime.
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