It is easy at night when you are home after a long day to eat, relax, snack and go to bed. We get it, some days that is very much needed so go on and Netflix your way to la-la-land. However, this doesn’t have to be you every night. Going out every night and having a few drinks isn’t the answer either. Finding a balance somewhere in between is always where your best happiness is found. Also, not to mention balance is the key to most successful weight loss and weight maintaining plans. A little of R&R, a little healthy activity, and a little drinking while socializing could your ticket to your ultimate happiness. And here enters the little healthy activity I just threw at you.
If you end up hitting the snooze too much in the morning and miss your workout, that doesn’t mean the day is a wash. In fact, maybe you did make it to your morning workout but still want to be a little bit active and enjoy the outdoors in the evening too to whine down.
Men’s Health has come up with, “5 Things You Can Do At Night to Help You Lose Weight” –
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 during the morning 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.
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. In fact, drinking water can help you lose a pound this month without even trying.
MAKE SURE YOUR BEDROOM IS SUPER DARK
The hormone melatonin can help your body produce more calorie-burning brown fat, according to an animal study published last year in Journal of Pineal Research. Since your body already produces melatonin when you’re in complete darkness, make sure your room is light-free to boost weight loss.
TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT BEFORE HITTING THE HAY
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 all adds up when you’re looking to shed pounds.
What ways do you take advantage of your evenings to maximize a healthy lifestyle?