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Should You Eat After 7pm
I have to say,
the question of eating after 7pm is one of the most popular questions that I
continue to get, in and around the office (the gym) on a daily basis. Why do
people feel that eating late at night is what is sabotaging their weight loss
efforts? Could it have more to do with what they are eating rather than
When You’re Overweight
well above your average weight I don't think eating late at night makes much of
a difference. When you’re heavy you need to focus more on calories in versus
calories out - you need to create a calorie deficit. A way to do this is to eat
slightly below your daily caloric intake and then use cardio and weight
training to create a bigger deficit.
When Trying To Add Muscle
This is the
time where it's important to get some protein into your system right before
going to bed. I like to drink a protein shake or make a couple scrambled eggs
about a half an hour before bed, to make sure I’m getting sufficient protein
intake in my system before sleeping for 7 or 8 hours.
I don't have
any evidence to back this up but to me it just makes sense to get protein
before bed when trying to add muscle. (helps repair tissues, speeds up recovery
and helps grow muscle).
When You’re Almost Lean
Like I said
earlier, eating at night usually isn't a big deal if you're overweight or right
around normal but when you’re 5 to 10 pounds out from seeing that six pack all
the rules start to change.
At this point
you need to start ending your last meal about 4 hours before bed. No food
whatsoever 4 to 5 hours before bed. If you get really hungry you could have an
apple and a yogurt or cottage cheese at night but for the most part try to stay
away from food for this period of time.
The human body
is complex and science has not unlocked all its secrets yet. The body's
circadian clock, working in concert with sunlight and darkness, and governing
when people eat, sleep and feel active, may have some effects on how calories
are burned. Regardless of exactly how the body uses these calories, there are
other reasons to avoid eating at night.
trying to add muscle it's a good idea to get some food into you before bed
(preferably protein). When you are overweight it doesn't really matter - what
matters more is how many calories you’re eating versus how many calories you’re
at night can also lead to complications including sleep problems and
indigestion, it is advisable to avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before going to
bed. Ideally, the last meal of the day should be smaller, low on concentrated
carbohydrates and consist of mostly lean proteins and vegetables. Less than 10%
of one's daily energy intake should be consumed after 7pm.
Even if weight
eventually proves to be purely a calories numbers game, eating at night has
negative effects on weight and other aspects of human health and if possible,
should be avoided.
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