Do You Have Insomnia or Difficulty Sleeping?
If so, this could be due to a lack of vitamins in your diet, particularly vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for serotonin, a compound that helps us sleep. Good sources are green vegetables, particularly cabbage, bananas, fortified breakfast cereals, eggs and fish.
Lack of sleep makes dieting difficult as it makes us feel tired and irritable. Tiredness often leads us to eat high fat and high sugar foods.
Most women, even those who eat a fairly healthy diet, benefit from taking a Vitamin B-Complex supplement.
Carbohydrates help you sleep
Eating slow-burning carbohydrates can help you get a good nights sleep.
If you wake at 4 am, it could be because your blood sugar level has dropped. A snack of slow-burning carbohydrates, fruit, wholegrain cereal, crackers or bread or plain yogurt with a spoon of chopped nuts or seeds will stop sugar levels dropping during the night.
Avoid stimulants like coffee, cola and alcohol. Avoid snacking on foods that raise your blood sugar levels like white bread, candy and cookies.
For healthy sustained weight loss, choose a diet that follows the Food Pyramid Guidelines and offers diet support, exercise advice and weight loss motivation.