If you need to snack especially at night, certain food is encouraged as it helps increase your body’s ability to process and burn fat.
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid carbs (all types) before bedtime. This is key as carbs cause a significant rise in insulin that will slow down your body’s ability to process and burn fat.
You should consume slow-digesting high-quality protein as provides 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.
Some top pre-bedtime foods are as follows:-
1. Lean white meat
Lean white meat such as chicken breast and turkey breast are great because they digest slowly and yield only a moderate insulin release. These protein sources also promote the release of glucagon, which assists the body with processing stored carbs and fat within your body to produce energy. Avoid red meat as it has a significantly higher insulin response so it's best to avoid in the evening.
2. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is very slow digesting and also stimulates glucagon release. Use only plain cottage cheese and not the flavoured kinds that are loaded with preservatives, colouring etc.
3. Salad (without any dressing...yes naked!)
They contain almost no calories and are high in fiber. Since they're very filling, a big bowl of salad will certainly kill your hunger pangs!
4. Slow-digesting, low-carb protein shake
Remember to use only slow-digesting, low-carb protein for better result. Best to avoid taking a simple whey protein shake before bed as it increases insulin, an absolute no-no!