2. EAT BEFORE BED
While you sleep, your body is essentially in a fasting state and is stripping amino acids from your muscles to fuel your brain in the absence of food. And since any muscle loss is going to negatively affect your metabolism, so too will it hamper your fat-loss efforts.
WHY IT WORKS: Eating right before bedtime means that aminos will be taken from that meal, not your muscles. However, we don’t recommend scarfing down carbs — only protein and/or fat. Some good options are cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, nuts, flaxseed oil and casein protein powder — all slow- digesting, high-protein sources. Research has shown that casein also can help to encourage fat burning at night.
DO THIS: Eat either 8 ounces of low- fat cottage cheese, 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter or one scoop of casein protein powder.
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