Late night tube sessions make you want to snack for many reasons: habit, boredom, distraction, all those delicious-looking food ads. Take your pick. Unfortunately, no matter the reason, they all have the potential to undermine your hard-won success. “When you overheat before bed, your body is much more likely to store those calories as fat,” says nutritionist Manuel Villacorta, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
You can still eat something, he says. It just needs to be the right snack. A couple of rules: stick to less than 300 calories—anything more is a meal. And make sure to eat it at least an hour before hitting the sack.
1. Strawberry Shake
Rather than reaching for the yogurt, you should get to know kefir. It’s kind of like a tangy drinkable yogurt, that—like yogurt—contains lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose, the dominant sugar in milk that gives lots of people tummy trouble. Translation: You’ll wake up with a slimmer stomach. For a strawberry shake sure to hit the spot while dishing up a hefty serving of protein, blend kefir, strawberries and a teaspoon of honey.