It’s a common misconception that shedding pounds is a difficult process, but the truth couldn’t be more different. All it takes to lose weight at night is some smart dietary decisions and fresh habits. Here are 11 simple, easy ways to do just that:

1. Drink lots of water

It may sound simplistic, but staying hydrated really does help to relieve bloating and suppress hunger. And if you feel seriously hungry before bedtime, drink a glass of water first.

2. Keep yourself busy

If you don’t want to eat, get out there and do something that keeps your mind busy. Simple things like walking around the block or washing some dishes can help you forget about food and make it easier to go to sleep without overindulging.

3. Cut back on alcohol

Dry sips of wine, cocktails and other drinks that contain high amounts of sugar can actually act as a big calorie bomb if you drink too much.

4. Don’t eat late

It may seem counter-intuitive, but eating earlier in the day is better for your waistline. Some research suggests it’s even more important than skipping breakfast.

5. Get more sleep

New research suggests that just one extra hour of sleep can boost your metabolism by almost 10% for the next 36 hours. Try to get this extra hour earlier in the afternoon or evening, rather than later at night.

6. Add a little spice

Spices contain lots of aromatic compounds and flavour-enhancing ingredients called phenolics, which are also thought to have antioxidant properties that can help improve cell damage due to free radicals.

7. Eat some carbs at night

Some studies have suggested that a carbohydrate-rich diet (around 50% of calories from carbs) may help boost your metabolism – as long as it comes after exercise, rather than before. Try whole grains such as oats and brown rice for a slow-release energy boost.