Nighttime Weight Loss Tips
When we decide it’s time to seriously lose weight, there are many big decisions to be made. What will be our goal weight? Which weight loss plan will we follow? (No question there. 310, naturally). What exercise regimen will we follow and how will we fit that into our already crowded day? Do we want to join a group, or do we want to go it alone? I’m sure there are many more. But, don’t lose sight of the little things that can be done to boost your weight loss success.
Just like with anything else, little things can add up quickly. We have a few tips for you to consider including into your weight loss days, or rather, your nights. These suggestions can really add up and push your success right along.
Consider what you’re having for dinner. Depending how what you have planned for the night (going to bed early or a late night outing), you may or may not need to use dinner as a meal to provide your body with fuel. In the case of a quiet night in, you should opt for small portions that are low sodium and low calorie. Your best bet is a 310 Shake or some lean protein and steamed veggies.
According to Jillian Michaels, nighttime workouts has been given a bad rap1. It doesn’t matter what time of day you do your workout. What matters that you find the time to get your exercise done. She says,
“No more making excuses based on your bedtime, guys. If you have regular sleeping habits, it doesn’t matter whether you’re waking up at 5 a.m. to work out or trying to fit it in after the kids go to sleep at 9 p.m.: Any exercise, at any time of the day, will aid your sleep habits. Researchers believe physical activity improves sleep by helping to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Vigorous exercisers are almost twice as likely as non-exercisers to report a decent night’s sleep every night of the week.”
Had a stressful day? Feel tension and anxiety twisting your muscles into knots? Exercising at the end of the day is a great way to work out all that stress. So you can readily see there are several reasons for a nighttime workout, and it won’t disrupt your sleep and will contribute to your weight loss.
Turn Down the Thermostat
In 2014 the National Institute of Health conducted a study on the effects of sleeping in a much cooler environment and its outcome concerning weight loss. Researchers found that sleeping in a cold room boosted sleeping participants' metabolism by supporting the growth of brown adipose tissues, more commonly known as "brown fat.2"
Whereas white fat is the fat that's responsible for muffin tops and thick thighs, brown fat is responsible for expending energy (i.e. burning calories) for heat3. Adults have only a little bit of brown fat, but researchers hypothesize based on findings that by exposing ourselves to coolers temperatures on a regular basis can encourage the growth of brown fat.
What tips do you have?
When it comes to losing weight, every little bit counts. We bet you can even think of more ways to give you a boost toward your weight loss goals. Give these a try. You have nothing to lose, except fat.