What’s the best way to lose weight? Pumping iron, riding a bicycle, walking or running on a treadmill, hiking, or just following any diet fad of the day?
These are all good ways but they’re all wrong according to a post by the National Sleep Foundation. Because real, successful, sustainable weight loss comes from achieving excellence in a completely unexpected realm: the bedroom.
Works for me! How about you?
No, it’s not about how much love making you do.
But you can absolutely sleep your way to a slender body. In fact, no matter how many pounds you press, how many miles you log, how much kohlrabi you crunch, it won’t get you anywhere near your weight-loss goals unless you’re also getting enough quality sleep.
An article in the Ann of Int. Med found less sleep could undermine weight loss by as much as 55 percent! The good news is, just a few simple tweaks to your routine at bedtime can mean serious weight loss success.
So open your eyes: Here are eight science-backed suggestions to lose while you snooze.
- “Tryp” your sleep switch: Just 3 oz. of turkey, which contains tryptophan, before bedtime significantly increased hours of deep sleep. Tryptophan, an amino acid found in most meat, has demonstrated powerful sleep benefits.
- Set strict kitchen hours: Nighttime fasting—aka closing the kitchen early—may help you lose more weight, even if you eat more food throughout the day, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism.
- Shake it up baby: Having a protein shake before hitting the sack may boost your metabolism, according to one Florida State University study.
- Make mine mint: Certain scents can make your mouth water, and others can actually suppress your appetite. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medicinefound that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month! Banana, green apple, and vanilla had similar effects.