There’s not much worse than a night of tossing and turning in the sack. After all, poor sleep is intricately tied to weight gain, skewed hormone levels, next-day munchies, and blood sugar and insulin issues.
Soy, in milk or protein powder form, is brimming with the amino acid tryptophan. And why is that important? According to Birmingham University research, it can improve sleep quality by acting as a precursor to drowse-inducing melatonin. She notes that apart from helping you drift off, tryptophan also decreases cortisol levels to help fight belly fat.
We don’t recommend drinking fruit juice very often around here, but a small glass of 100% grape juice before bed may help you sleep and burn fat as you dream. Research published in Cell Reports suggests that insulin secretion at night (caused by consumption of simple carbs, like juice) regulates the body’s circadian rhyth, study found that resveratrol, an antioxidant contained in grapes, converts calorie-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. It’s a one-two punch.