WORST LATE-NIGHT DESSERT
Chocolate Ice Cream (1 cup premium brand)
31 g fat (20 g saturated)
40 g sugar
Just about the worst thing you can put into your body right before bedtime is sugar. Sugar is that fast-burning energy that your body wants to use as quickly as possible, but that's hard to do while you're sleeping. So instead, your body does the next best thing—it stores most of the sugar as fat. But there are plenty of sugary snacks out there, why pick on chocolate ice cream? Because chocolate contains caffeine—not as much as a cup of coffee, but more than you should consume if you're worried about sleeping soundly. To get the sweetness you crave, try yogurt with granola and fruit. Granola is made from oats, which are a good source of tryptophan, and bananas contain a heavy dose of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your body's circadian rhythm.
Eat This Instead!
Lowfat yogurt (1/2 cup) with 1 chopped banana and 2 Tbsp granola
6 g fat (2 g saturated)
26 g sugars
Bonus Tip: Look, you can still eat ice cream, just don't wolf it down right before you hit the sack. And of course, limit your indulgence to varieties that won't turn to flab the second you ingest them.