8 Bedtime Beverages That Can Help You Lose Weight
Sip on these drinks before bed to burn fat while you sleep.
Poor sleep is tied to weight gain, skewed hormones, next-day hunger, and blood sugar and insulin issues, says Bridget Murphy, R.D.N., C.D.N., at NYU Langone Medical Center.
To score some quality sleep, you’ve got to be careful about what you drink before you crash. While you probably know that having caffeine and sugar too close to bedtime can mess with your sleep, other nutrients can actually help you build muscle, improve your blood sugar stability, and burn fat. Going to bed hungry can also disrupt your sleep, but you don’t want to consume too many calories before bed if your goal is to lose weight, says Holly Lofton, M.D., at NYU Langone Health.
“I wouldn’t drink anything with calories before bed,” she says. She recommends starting with water or tea before drinking something more substantial.
Here are seven beverages to drink at night if you’re looking to lose weight.
A glass of milk (warm or not) can help you sleep more soundly, thanks to a healthy dose of tryptophan and calcium, says Murphy. And more sleep means less next-day cravings. Milk also delivers protein, which helps support muscle strength and growth.