Sleep & slim: Lose 8lb fast on the 40 winks plan!
Poor sleep is linked to weight gain but, with our diet, you could lose up to 8lb AND gain at least an extra half an hour’s sleep a night in just one month…
HOW IT WORKS
Anyone who’s woken up 1
at 2am with indigestion knows that what you eat can affect your sleep, but some foods can actually promote slumber.
For example, lettuce was 2
used as a sleep aid in the past. And, if you eat a meal containing high- GI foods, such as sweetcorn or white rice, in the evening, you’ll drop off faster.
The higher the levels of 3
omega 3 fats (find these in oily fish, nuts and olives) in their diet, the better people sleep, while oats, dairy products and dark green leafy vegetables are high in magnesium, which also promotes sleep. Simply eating two kiwi fruit an hour before bed helped people to nod off and stay asleep in one four-week trial. Our plan combines all these sleep-inducers.
Also, consider drinking 4
a glass of tart cherry juice, such as CherryActive Concentrate, £31.49 for 946ml, morning and night – it’s made from Montmorency cherries, which naturally contain the sleep hormone melatonin. In one trial, Montmorency cherry juice helped people with insomnia sleep a whopping 84 minutes more each night.