Gain Muscle Overnight

If you are hungry before bed time, eat something! Starving your body overnight is not going to do you any good. Just be sure you are giving your body the necessary nutrients to have a good night sleep. Steer away from finishing the pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream or the pan of brownies before lights out. These foods are high in sugar which can lead to poor sleep, sugar crashes, and weight gain. Stick to foods that are high in protein and low in fat and sugars, such as the following -

Greek yogurt. If you're a Greek yogurt addict like me, this is the best night time snack! It is high in protein and low in fat and sugar (depending on the brand you purchase), which makes for the perfect night cap. BONUS: Greek yogurt provides probiotics, which is helpful for digestion and balancing the bacterias in your gut.

Natural peanut butter. Hey, another food I am addicted to! Avoid eating and purchasing peanut butter that has added sugars or sweeteners. Natural peanut butter provides the necessary proteins and healthy fats to assist in muscle growth.

Cottage cheese. Calcium is great to have before bed, which is why you may have heard other recommend eating cereal before bed. Though, that's not a bad idea, depending on what type of cereal you choose can affect your sleep, especially if it's a sugary cereal. A better option would be cottage cheese. It provides just enough calcium to promote high quality sleep, and protein to continue muscle repair overnight.

Glass of milk. The ol' wives tale of your mother bringing you a warm glass of milk to help you fall asleep is no joke! Again, the calcium, protein, and amino acids in milk will enhance your quality of sleep while also assisting in muscle recovery. Getting milk drunk isn't just for babies.

Next time, skip the sweets and eat foods that will nourish your body and help you reach your health and fitness goals.


- Katharine

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