You could get less shuteye
Bad news: Hitting the hay without eating dinner could leave you tossing and turning into the wee hours of morning. And even when you finally fall asleep, hunger pains keep the brain mentally alert, causing you to not get enough deep sleep at night. Plus, studies show that a lack of adequate shuteye can lead to a load of negative side effects, including a lowered metabolism, increased appetite, weakened immune system, and higher risk for some forms of cancer, as well as diabetes. Translation? If you’re hoping to lose weight and stay healthy, “going to bed hungry can actually backfire” because you won’t get a full night’s rest, says Wesley Delbridge, RD, spokesperson for the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. Instead, try these hunger-fighting foods to help weight loss.
You could gain weight
“A lot of people feel like they’re accomplishing something by going to bed hungry,” Delbridge says. But in reality, “the more you feel like you’re starving, the more likely you are to binge later on.” If you wait until you’re extremely hungry to eat, your blood sugar levels could fall so low that you’ll be tempted to wolf down whatever’s in sight. Even worse, sleeping on an empty stomach could lead to a big binge in the a.m., peaking your blood sugar to unhealthy levels and throwing your metabolism for a loop for the rest of the day. Nibble on a square of dark chocolate or a small handful of nuts, instead, to hold you over until the next morning. Check out these 21 worst habits for belly fat.