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Foods To Avoid At Night For Weight Loss

By Ameera Mills. Updated: July 31, 2018
Foods To Avoid At Night For Weight Loss

Dinner is one of the most important meals of the day to regulate, especially if you want to lose weight. At night our bodies prepare for rest and therefore, if we overfill them with heavy calories they struggle to burn and digest this food adequately. For this reason, we suggest opting for light vitamin filled dinners which satisfy the appetite but are heavy in fat. These light dinners will ensure you do not gain weight and, in addition, will make sure you receive all the correct nutrients you body needs in order to maintain its health.

In this oneHOWTO article we will help you design ideal dinners and look at foods to avoid at night for weight loss.

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What you should not eat at night- avoiding weight gain

In order to lead a healthy life it is important to understand that at night our bodies do not need as many calories as normal to function. The reason for this is because at night our bodies prepare for rest and therefore become disposed to sleep. This disposition means that our metabolism begins to slow down and cannot burn food as fast as it normally would during the day. If you are trying to lose weight there are some foods that we recommend not eating. These foods can also interfere with the quality of rest and sleep which we need at night to remain healthy. Here we present you with a list of forbidden foods which are better to avoid at night:

Fried foods

Avoid heavy caloric foods at the end of the day. The reason for this is that our bodies do not require this caloric injection after the day. Preparing for sleep means that our bodies are not able to burn the calories and instead will keep them as an energy reserve, otherwise known as as saturated fats.

Legumes

Legumes that contain 50% protein and 50% carbohydrates are usually very heavy and difficult to digest. For this reason, foods such as chickpeas, beans or lentils should be eaten at lunchtime and avoided at night. Eating these foods at night does not only increase weight gain but can cause gas or stomach swelling that can prevent us from sleeping well.

Rices, bread, pasta and carbohydrates (in general)

Carbohydrates are a very healthy food group and necessary in a daily diet; however, they are not recommended at night because they hold a high calorie count and can therefore increase saturated fat reserves in our body.

For this reason, opting for sandwiches, pizzas or rice for dinner is not recommended.

Sweets and pastries

If we want to lose weight and remain healthy you should avoid the consumption of sweets or pastries at night as they contain a lot of calories, sugars and saturated fats. If you choose to eat sugary foods, we recommend eating them during the day, allowing your body the time to burn what it needs to before you go to sleep. If you eat these foods at night you will go to bed with excess sugar in your blood. Not only will this increase weight gain but it can also interfere with sleep quality.

We also suggest eating dinner at least three hours before going to bed, allowing your body the time to work easily and assimilate the nutrients needed.

Foods To Avoid At Night For Weight Loss - What you should not eat at night- avoiding weight gain

Foods recommended for dinner

Now that you know which foods are forbidden at night, we will now mention foods which you should eat at night.

In order to prevent an excess of calories from accumulating in the body, we are listing foods that are nutritious and filling, that also contain a low fat content.

Proteins

If you want to eat well, remain satisfied and not gain weight, the best thing you can do is choose to include proteins into your evening diet. Of course: nothing fried or battered; what we are looking for is to lose weight and make light and appetizing dishes.

Therefore, we suggest baking, grilling or steaming your meat and fish. If they seem somewhat tasteless, we recommend adding some herbs or spices to add flavor.

Among the most suitable proteins for light dining, we recommend :

  • Lean meats: such as chicken, turkey or rabbit.
  • White fish: more suitable than blue fish at dinner time because white fish has a lower fat and calorie content. Include options such as monk-fish, hake and sole-fish.
  • Eggs: Eggs are a perfect choice for dinner because they provide a lot of healthy proteins and have very few calories. You can make a hard-boiled egg, tortilla and/or scrambled eggs, but not fried eggs!

Vegetables

As well as eating meat for dinner, it is important to fill our plate with vegetables that will provide us with the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.

It is important to mention that some people tend to avoid vegetables such as lettuce, artichokes and celery at night. These foods can result in bloating and uncomfortable gas, which in turn can affect sleep. However, this digestive reaction will depend on the person. We suggest trying these foods and testing how your own body reacts, as this reaction is subjective to each individual body.

Vegetables rich in water, low in fiber and packed with vitamins are:

  • Spinach
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Artichokes

Cabbages (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.) are not recommended at the end of the day because they are very flatulent.

Dairy products such as cheeses and yogurts are healthy dinner options that make you feel fuller for longer. Of course: if your goal is to lose weight, we suggest avoiding whole milk and opting instead for skimmed options, avoiding excess fat.

Foods To Avoid At Night For Weight Loss - Foods recommended for dinner

A low-fat dinner example

Now that we know which foods are ‘‘forbidden’’ at night (specifically if you want to lose weight), below we offer you with some examples of healthy dinners that will keep your waist intact.

  • Dinner 1: Fresh cheese salad with tomato and oregano + Turkey sausages + 1 yogurt (0% fat)
  • Dinner 2: Carrot soup + Chicken burger with 0% cheese + 1 glass of milk (0%)
  • Dinner 3: Mixed salad with tuna + Baked hake with lemon and artichokes
  • Dinner 5: Vegetable puree + Grilled prawns with garlic and parsley + Yogurt (0%)
  • Dinner 6: Gazpacho or tomato soup + grilled monkfish with tomato and onion
  • Dinner 7: Salad with carrots and asparagus + Chicken breast rolled with melted cheese and ham

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Tiffany Neeson
No pizza for dinner? Are you a communist or something?!

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