10 Ways To Burn Fat While You Sleep [Top Tips]

Most people burn fat while they sleep to some extent, but especially if you're thinking about food or eating before bed.

So it's not true that you burn more calories when resting than sleeping.

You burn the same number of calories whether you are awake or asleep because your body needs a certain amount of energy no matter what state it is in. woman asleep on a fitness ball

The real issue with weight gain at night is that most people tend to eat more unhealthy foods shortly before going to bed and this can add up over time.

It doesn't matter how many hours of sleep you get, so make sure you don't fall into these common traps:

Eat more protein:

This will help you burn fat while you sleep.

Eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet is the most effective way to burn fat during your sleep , and it will also boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories throughout the day.

Get better sleep:

The quality of your sleep and the amount you sleep will affect how much fat, and especially belly fat you burn.

A good night's rest doesn't only help burn fat during your sleep , it also helps burn more calories during the day.

Studies show that those who don't get enough sleep tend to burn fewer carbohydrates as fuel during the day and end up storing most of their food as fat.

Make your bedroom chilly

Your body burns more calories when it is slightly chilly.

The optimal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This will burn the maximum amount of calories throughout the night.

If your bedroom is too warm, you burn fewer calories during deep sleep so you burn less fat while you sleep - if it's colder than this, you start to shiver and burn more energy and therefore burn fewer calories overall.

Go light-free (sleep in the dark)

Your body needs to rest and recover, especially at night. But artificial lights, whether it's from your TV, computer or mobile phone can make it harder for your body to produce the chemicals that will help you fall asleep.

Staying up late to watch TV or burn the midnight oil on Facebook not only keeps you awake longer than usual, but also prevents your body from getting the sleep it needs. This means less time for you to burn fat while you sleep.

Don't be a cardio junky

You burn fewer calories when you exercise at lower intensities.

This means that if you're doing cardio for hours every day in an attempt to burn more fat, it's actually counterproductive.

Also, keep in mind that the best way to burn fat during your sleep is not by exercising or keeping busy all day long but by eating well and resting enough so your body can burn calories while you rest.

Don't drink alcohol before bedtime

Alcohol inhibits the release of growth hormones which are responsible for building muscle mass and reducing body fat.

If you're drinking alcohol before bedtime it could be preventing your body from using fat as a fuel during sleep.

Avoid caffeine before bedtime

Not only does caffeine keep you awake, but it also prevents the release of some hormones that burn fat and give you more energy throughout the day.

Instead, drink some decaf green tea instead of coffee two to three hours before going to bed so your body can burn extra calories while you rest.

Do bodyweight exercises

Bodyweight exercises burn as many as 400-900 calories per hour. Because they don't require any equipment, you can do even a few of them before going to bed at night and burn fat while you sleep every day.

Eat on a schedule

If you burn calories after every meal but don't eat again for an entire day, your body starts burning its own fat.

Not having food at regular intervals also prevents the release of hormones that burn fat; stick to a schedule and have five small snacks instead of three large meals throughout the day.

Eat less during dinner

The only way you burn fat while you're asleep is by keeping your body in a slight calorie deficit.

Research shows that if you burn 500-1000 calories more during the day than what's required to maintain your weight, then burn fat while you sleep.

This means not eating as much at night and eating an early dinner so your metabolism slows down before bedtime.

Quick Tip:

Drink some warm milk before going to bed – it contains L-tryptophan which helps release serotonin, a relaxing hormone that makes it easier for you to go to sleep.

It also contains calcium which boosts melatonin levels and improves sleep quality.

Eat foods containing tryptophan or supplement with 5-HTP

Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body uses to produce serotonin.

As serotonin levels increase, your body becomes relaxed and you fall asleep faster.

Eat lots of foods containing tryptophan or take 5-HTP supplements to burn more fat while you sleep.

Quick Tip:

Eat some turkey or drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed - they contain high amounts of the sleep-regulating neurotransmitter serotonin.

Not only will these help burn extra calories while you rest, but also improve the quality of your sleep so you wake up refreshed and burn even more fat in the morning!

Eat carbs before dinner

Carbs stimulate insulin production which is responsible for stimulating the burning of sugars inside cells where they're converted into energy and burned.

So have some carbs before dinner so your body burns calories while you sleep instead of storing them as fat.

Quick Tip:

Drink hot water with lemon juice two hours after waking up every morning – it increases metabolism, flushes toxins from the body, helps burn more fat overnight and makes you feel refreshed for the day ahead!

The Vitamin C in lemon juice also boosts immunity, prevents infections making it harder for your body to burn fat.

Drink green tea before bedtime

Green tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which stimulates the production of fat-burning enzymes in your liver, so have a cup of green tea before going to bed and burn extra calories while you rest.

Wrapping Up:

There are many ways to burn fat while you sleep, all of which can be done naturally.

By avoiding caffeine before bedtime, eating on a regular schedule, drinking green tea before bedtime, and eating carbs before dinner, you can help your body burn more calories at night.

Additionally, by supplementing with 5-HTP or eating foods containing tryptophan, you can increase the amount of fat burned while sleeping.

Drink some decaf green tea instead of coffee two to three hours before going to bed so your body can burn extra calories while you rest and stick to a healthy diet for optimal weight loss results!

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