If you want to optimise your chances of sleeping well and burn more fat whilst sleeping, here are some foods you should eat:
I know I’ve said it many times before, but Mrs Wellard’s omelettes are THE BOMB!
I got in last night around 9pm and ready and waiting was one of her specials.
5 eggs, pulled pork, spinach…..smash bang wallop!!!!
I didn’t eat it all, I saved half for brekkie today. I great time saving strategy for having a nutritious breakfast during the rush in the mornings.
I must admit, eating before bed has helped me sleep well. I can’t say hand on heart, me eating before bed 100% causes me to sleep well, but I’m sure it helps.
Maybe not last night, when our 7 year old woke us up, ‘I’m sweating’.
If you want to optimise your chances of sleeping well and burn more fat whilst sleeping, here are some foods you should eat….
About 1-3 hours before bed
- White Meat Animal Protein (not red meat or fish) –
White meat protein sources such as chicken and turkey are great pre-bed meal choices because they digest slowly and have a very low insulin release.
These sources also promote the release of another hormone, glucagon, that assists the body with breaking down stored carbs and fat within your body to be burned for energy…a double win!
- Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. (I can’t stand the stuff!!)
As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release; a solid pre-bedtime choice. Just make sure you’re using plain cottage cheese, not the flavored varieties with added sugars.
- Green Vegetables – While these aren’t considered a protein, they contain virtually no calories, are high in fibre, and they’re very filling. Often times when I get a late night craving I eat a big bowl of green veggies and it completely kills my craving…a diet saviour!
- A Slow-digesting, Low-carb Protein Shake – I use a slow-digesting protein shake before bed literally every day. It’s become somewhat of a ritual and great, tasty way to end my day. The vast majority of my clients have grown to love the habit as well…who doesn’t love dessert before bed? 🙂 I normally blend the shake with almond butter to get some healthy fats in there, and man, it sure does taste good with BioTrust protein!
Daniel Wellard, Physio4Life’s Personal Trainer and Nutritionist