Carbs Only in the Morning; Protein and Healthy Fats the Rest of the Day

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    Jan 11, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    Does anyone else do this? Is it a good idea?
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    Jan 11, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    Sounds stupid, but if it works for you, the go for it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 11, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSounds stupid, but if it works for you, the go for it. icon_biggrin.gif


    Haven't tried it yet so I thought I would ask.
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    Jan 11, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    I have been doing it the past 3 months and it works well--carbs in the morning and proteins, vegetables, and fruits for lunch and dinner.
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    Jan 12, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    What works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else. The best for me is larger meals with meat at breakfast or lunch only. If I eat meat at night, I don't sleep as well, and I'm likely to wake up with a splitting headache. As a general rule, I don't eat meat past 4pm, and my evening meal is small and nothing but fruit and/or veggies. When visiting family, and we go out to dinner at a nice restaurant, I can eat meat at night if I eat 5-6 eggs with butter for breakfast and then eat an apple and a carrot as a mid-afternoon snack. I don't sleep as well after an evening meal like that, but I usually avoid the headache.

    From my perspective, there's great wisdom in "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper", although in my case, breakfast and lunch can be swapped around. My advice to the OP is to try various things and stick with one that works.
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI cannot eat meat before bed either. I do not eat beef but lately my schedule has had me eating my turkey almost right before bed. I was waking up with a sour stomach and realized what was going on and made alterations.

    With that being said, eggs are much easier to digest than meat and you should be able to have them at night. Fish is generally easier on the stomach than fish and especially red meat.

    You can have protein shakes at night. Just watch the ones with a lot of sugar. No need for that at night.


    So, what's a typical menu like for you?
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    The principle is sound, but it's oversimplified.

    The key point is that carbs are more easily converted into energy (i.e. into the simple sugars the body uses as fuel) relative to fats and proteins, so they should be taken in before you are going to expend energy. If you carb up then just blob out, your body will learn to store that energy away in body fat instead. Think of your body fat as an energy bank. Deposits are made when you eat more energy (calories) than you expend. Withdrawals are made when you expend more than you eat.

    The oversimplification is this notion that places carbs in the morning and proteins/fats in the evening. Often with an arbitrary boundary (7 or 8 PM usually).

    This completely ignores the fact that:

    1) Not everyone works a day shift

    2) Not everyone blobs out after work

    3) Your brain, on a per pound basis, consumes more energy than the rest of your body does, so if you're going to work on proving that theorem in differential equations in the evening, if you're running low on carbs, you're going to get a headache and bonk without making any progress.

    But, sadly, nobody really wants to know the details behind these oversimplified rules, so they cling to these easy, but often inaccurate maxims.
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    this is basically what i live by. along with alternatingcarbs at dinner
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidThe principle is sound, but it's oversimplified.

    The key point is that carbs are more easily converted into energy (i.e. into the simple sugars the body uses as fuel) relative to fats and proteins, so they should be taken in before you are going to expend energy. If you carb up then just blob out, your body will learn to store that energy away in body fat instead. Think of your body fat as an energy bank. Deposits are made when you eat more energy (calories) than you expend. Withdrawals are made when you expend more than you eat.

    The oversimplification is this notion that places carbs in the morning and proteins/fats in the evening. Often with an arbitrary boundary (7 or 8 PM usually).

    This completely ignores the fact that:

    1) Not everyone works a day shift

    2) Not everyone blobs out after work

    3) Your brain, on a per pound basis, consumes more energy than the rest of your body does, so if you're going to work on proving that theorem in differential equations in the evening, if you're running low on carbs, you're going to get a headache and bonk without making any progress.

    But, sadly, nobody really wants to know the details behind these oversimplified rules, so the cling to these easy, but often inaccurate maxims.


    So, what's the right way to go?
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    ThisJourney said
    So, what's the right way to go?


    Have your carbs before (30-60 mins) you expend energy.

    Energy is expended not just by moving your body, but also by thinking hard.

    FYI, watching American Idol is an example of NOT thinking hard.

    Researching how the body works, and understanding how it breaks down carbs, fats, and proteins, and what happens when that occurs is expending energy.

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    Jan 13, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Basically, what it boils down to, is don't be eating cake as you're falling asleep in bed, haha. But don't rack your brain trying to not eat a single carb after breakfast... that's just unrealistic for most people, and if it's unrealistic for you, then you won't stick with it.
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    i can appreciate MMTM's (and other's) logic...


    BUT


    it still sounds pretty stupid to me. icon_lol.gif