Whatever you choose for dinner can make it tougher or much easier for you to reach your weight loss goals. Some meals can make you wake up to a hungry morning that will have you searching for anything to snack on, which may lead to unhealthy eating or overeating. This eventually reduces fat burning hormones, and cut you back on your weight loss goals.
Your dinner may also affect your sleep, and by not having adequate sleep, your insulin sensitivity and levels of the muscle-binding human growth hormones can be reduced. Your stress hormone cortisol may also be increased, which will eventually have a negative effect on your health.
Here are some meals you shouldn’t have for dinner.
1. Baked goods
It’s quite easy to crave for cookies or any other baked goods at night, especially after having a very long day and you have them around you. These baked goods contain a lot of sugar, and since sugar functions to fuel the body, they will end up stored as fat. This is mainly because you aren’t able to use up the energy, but you are rather going to sleep till the following day.
2. Red wine
Alcohol is really not good for your health, as it may disturb your sleeping pattern. It also increases the risks of health conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, pancreatitis, liver disease, liver cancer, mouth cancer, head and neck cancer, and breast cancer.
3. Coconut oil and goat cheese
While coconut oil and goat cheese are great meals that can benefit your weight loss progress, they may not be the best idea for dinner as they can interfere with your sleep. They contain natural saturated fat which helps to relax the lower esophageal sphincter, thereby reducing digestion. You might end up feeling uncomfortable through the night.
4. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is always the option that is substituted for the regular chocolate that may harm your health. Although great for weight loss, it shouldn’t be taken before bed, as it may end up sabotaging your weight loss effort due to the caffeine and sugar content.
Some of these meals are generally not bad, they are not just great dinner ideas. If you eat any at all, ensure you don’t sleep until two to three hours.
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