Written by Melanie Burton, May 29, 2016
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Snoozing fights fat – so get on a meal plan that optimises those Zs!

Working out, eating well and still not losing weight? Maybe you’re not sleeping enough!

Uh-huh, dodgy doona time can derail even the most dedicated diet, as it not only unsettles your blood sugar and causes cravings, but increases stress hormones like ghrelin – which results in fat being stored around your tummy.

“When chronically elevated, ghrelin causes an increased craving for carbohydrates, especially non-complex carbs, which leads to a rapid rise in glucose followed by surges in insulin,” explains US sleep specialist Dr Robert S. Rosenberg.

So it’s no wonder Hailey Baldwin prioritises shuteye when prepping for fashion week!

“I make sure I’m eating a clean diet, exercising and sleeping a lot,” the 19-year-old model explains. “Going to castings and events can be draining, so I make sure I sleep.”

The ideal amount of sleep for adults is around eight hours, studies suggest, but snoozing isn’t always easy. And one of the ways of ensuring you get enough of those deep, fat-fighting Zs is sleep-aiding food!


What’s the secret?

Nod-improving noshes include those that contain tryptophan – which your body can’t produce itself but needs to encourage slumber – magnesium and calcium.

What’s more, it’s best to avoid lifestyle factors that can hinder sleep like smoking, exercising at night, looking at electronic screens before bed – yep, we’re guilty, too! – and stress.

What’s in, what’s out?

Foods loaded with snooze inducers include turkey, tofu, prawns, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, oats and eggs. Caffeine in the eight hours ahead of hitting the hay is a no-no, and you should avoid anything that will raise your blood sugar, like high-GI soft-drinks, biscuits, ice-cream and cake. Another good reason to skip the dessert!

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