Are you on a diet and do you work out regularly, but you cannot get rid of the unwanted belly fat? If you ask yourself what you are doing wrong, you should check your evening routine. Banish these five bedtime habits and you might be surprised to see that you are losing weight easier:
- Adding Extra Calories To Your Daily Intake With Nighttime Snacks
If you consume popcorn or other similar snacks in the evening you have to know that you’re counting those extra calories in your daily total.“I’m not against people having something at night. But if you’re having a big meal and then a big bowl of ice cream, you’re going to gain weight,” says Peter LePort, M.D., sleep and weight loss expert, surgeon and medical director of MemorialCare Center for Obesity at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. However, if it happens to have some snacks during nighttime, you should add in some exercise during the day to compensate.
- Snacking In Front Of Your TV
According to experts’ research, distracted eating not only affects the quantity of your food, but also how much you remember eating. That is which is why, eating while watching TV you may find yourself holding an empty bag of chips. So, measure out an appropriate serving size of what you want to eat, before you hit the couch.
- Having a Nightcap Before Going To Bed
It is known that alcohol is loaded with empty calories. Besides, that glass of wine before bed can disrupt your sleep cycle. “There’s a problem with sleep and alcohol—you’re going to end up waking up in the middle of the night and not get good sleep,” Dr. LePort says. Insufficient sleep may interfere with your hunger hormones and makes you consume more unhealthy foods.
- Using Technology Before Sleeping
Specialists have shown that the blue light emitted by the LEDs in your phone, laptop, and television can also affect your sleep cycle. In order to be on the safe side, you should log them off at least an hour before bedtime. Of course, sleeping with your TV on is the worst idea, because the light and sound can disturb you all night long.“You’re not reaching the deep sleep you need to maintain a healthy mind and a healthy body,” Dr. LePort says.
- Waking up at the last possible second
Setting your alarm too late makes you get out the door without breakfast. If you’re constantly rushing in the morning, without having breakfast, you will eat more during the day and in the evening. You should change this habit and make sure that your wake up hours offers you enough time for a healthy meal in the morning.