Certain foods you eat as snack that can actually INCREASE your fat loss results through hormonal improvements! The key is knowing which foods to eat, and which to avoid, as the evening progresses.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: Avoid carbs before bed in favor of slow-digesting high-quality protein and healthy fats. Fiber is ok too as long as it’s low in starch or sugars.
Carbohydrate consumption causes significant rise in the storage hormone insulin, which also puts the breaks on fat-burning. That’s a recipe for disaster in the late evening hours as your metabolism is winding down, but fortunately, slow-digesting protein isn’t.
Instead, slow digesting proteins provide your body with a steady flow of amino acids throughout the night to help you recover from exercise and maintain your calorie-burning lean muscle as you lose fat.
Here are some good food choices:
1. White Meat Protein - White meat animal protein sources such as chicken and fish 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 carbohydrates and fat within your body to be burned for energy. It is a great way to aid your metabolism and fat loss efforts!
2. Plain Cottage Cheese – Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and coats the stomach to be assimilated by the body over many hours. As a protein, it also stimulates glucagon release, which is great for fat loss.
3. Green Vegetables - While these aren’t considered a protein, they contain virtually no calories (insignificant), are high in fiber, and they’re very filling. Green vegetables are are healthy to eat even at night as they fill you up and completely kills junk food cravings.
4. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, or pistachios – These nuts are not only great sources of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, but provide the fiber and healthy fats necessary to control your junk food cravings!