9 WAYS TO BURN CALORIES AND FAT BY SLEEPING
Your daily activities and diet impact the speed at which you fall asleep and the quality of your sleep. Here’s what you need to know.
Even if you are lying on the sofa, your body constantly burns calories to make your nervous system work, pump blood, make you breathe, digest and all other activities that allow you to live. You’ve probably heard that the more muscle you have and the more your body burns calories at rest. But, did you know that you can also burn calories and fat by sleeping? Follow all or some of these suggestions from nutrition and health experts to maximize your fat burning by sleeping.
DRINK WHITE TEA
Studies have linked white tea extract to fat burning. Stop drinking coffee and prefer a bowl of white tea.
EAT YOUR CARBS DURING THE DAY
Consume the bulk of your calories, especially carbohydrates, during the day and less at night. You will go to bed with less insulin in the blood and your body will turn fat into energy during your sleep.
DRINK A PROTEIN DRINK IN THE EVENING
Make yourself a protein drink if you are hungry in the evening. Not only will proteins help you create lean muscle mass, but they will also help cells and muscles repair themselves.
EAT SLEEPING FOODS
Try to eat foods rich in tryptophan, an amino acid found in chicken and eggs. This protein can help promote relaxation and sleep. In addition, proteins cause the body to use more calories than carbohydrates during digestion, which further improves your body’s ability to burn fat at night.
MAKE YOUR ROOM A DARK PLACE AS POSSIBLE
Sleeping in total darkness releases melatonin, a hormone responsible for a good night’s sleep. Melatonin also helps in the production of “brown fat”, essential for the transformation of calories.
REACH YOUR H2O QUOTA
Hydrate yourself! It has been proven that drinking nearly 2 liters of water per day boosted metabolism. In addition, ice water causes your body to use more calories to warm up, which is another benefit to boost your metabolism.
ADD NUTS TO YOUR DISHES
A handful of nuts can increase your levels of melatonin and allow you to sleep better. They are also good for your heart.
SPICE YOUR DISHES
Increase your intake of Cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes and all types of chilies to promote thermogenesis (fat burning). It has been proven that the capsaicin found in these foods had a thermogenic effect and helped your body burn more calories and fat.
AVOID TAKING WEIGHT
The key to losing fat is not just burning it or getting rid of it. It’s also about stopping taking it. One of the quickest ways to get rid of body fat is to avoid insulin spikes at night because they store unused calories and turn them into fat. If you must eat at night, choose a piece of lean protein and a salad or green vegetables that will prevent you from having insulin spikes. Thus, you will increase the amount of growth hormones released once you are asleep, which will cause fat cells to release their fat for use as energy.